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11/20/2009

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Let Me Speak With The Manager


"And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy" (Col. 1:18).

Have you ever been in a situation when you wanted to "speak with the manager?" Maybe the person you are talking with either doesn't have enough information to answer you correctly, or you are just getting frustrated. We always think that the person a little further up on the "food chain" can give us the satisfaction that we are looking for. In most life situations we can tell who's in charge. In a classroom, the older person in the room is the teacher. At a football game the guy on the sidelines not wearing a uniform and probably with a headset on is the coach.

When it comes to one who is in charge in the church, God leaves no doubt whatsoever. In the next verse we even find out why. "For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him" (V 19). It is the way God wanted it and it pleased Him. Just as a teacher or coach has gone though a certain training process to get to their position of authority, Jesus was being prepared for the job since creation. He did His apprenticeship on earth by living a sinless life and teaching us many lessons. He taught us with the wonderful parables so that the life lessons would be easily remembered. He gave us the great lessons of servitude, compassion and Godly living. He experienced the temptations that anyone can be tempted with, only on a much grander scale. Through resisting Satan, He showed us the way to resist.

Finally, as we finish out V 19, "and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross." Through His death on the cross, Jesus became the manager. Jesus is the only way for us to reconcile ourselves to God. He is the coach, teacher and boss! "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation" (V 15). What a comforting thought to know that we do not have to wonder who the manager is and if we will get the satisfaction we are looking for. He is there in the person of Jesus and through Him we can approach our Father in heaven. We can ALWAYS speak with the manager, and He always satisfies our needs...

Have a wonderful day...Let His light shine in you today... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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