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Who’s in Charge,
What Difference Does That Make to Me?
There are thousands of “drop the mic” statements in the Bible. These are definitive statements which, if dealt with properly, should be the end of the discussion. These statements define what really IS, whether we agree or not.
And, they demand a response. We can ignore them if we choose, but there are unnecessary and serious consequences if we try to live counter to what is true. Things simply won’t work right.
One of the greatest such passages is Colossians 1:13-20. It is perhaps the highest statement in Scripture about Jesus Christ’s fullness and authority.
Take one statement in this magnificent passage: “He is also head of the body, the church” (v. 18).
Pause and meditate on the implications of this simple but all-encompassing truth. As Christ is the Head of the church, it means …
- Everything in the church flows from Christ.
- He is the mind of the church, and should be treated as such. The church has the grand opportunity of being led by a perfect mind.
- No one in the church has the ability to lead, except under HIS leadership and authority.
- Man’s ideas of the church are meaningless, unless they are coming from the Head.
- If we are not rightly related to the Head and continually engaged with Him (through prayer and the Word), then we have no hope of the church heading the right way, making the right decisions, living properly.
- Church leaders (and members) are required to constantly listen to the Head’s direction.
- The reason many churches are dysfunctional and dying is that they have—somewhere, somehow—become disconnected from the Head and are not following His leadership.
- Christ has everything to gain by leading well, by ordering those things that are going to bring health and life to His body. Why would He direct the body in ways that would destroy itself? Therefore, we must trust that His directions are trustworthy and good at all times, and we should instantly obey with glad submission.
- Every member (not just one) of the body, the church, is connected to Him. Therefore, all of us can hear God. And the Head has graciously provided instructions with black ink on white pages to make sure there are no misunderstandings, as well as His Holy Spirit to “lead us into all truth.”
- There should be perfect unity in the church, IF each member is connected to the same Head. This does not mean we are all alike, but that each diverse part of the body—rightly connected to God—will play their part with other parts of the body in perfect harmony. (A. W. Tozer said, “Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”
- One day we will be appalled at all the ways we have ignored His leadership.
- If the Head is leading the body, and good occurs, then the members cannot take credit for what has happened, but should instead deflect all the glory to the part of the body which is singularly responsible.
- … and on and on and on. The implications for us are eternal!
One response comes to mind:
Hallelujah for the Head! Praise God that He has so designed His body that it is not mindless or leaderless, but at the head is One who is perfect in all ways and all directions. We will gladly submit to His leadership!
And one prayer:
Dear Jesus, Head of my life and Head of Your church, please give us the wisdom to draw near to You, listening constantly to You and moving only at Your initiation. Protect us from the pride that makes us think we can move without You. Lead us in all the right paths for Your name’s sake. And as You do, protect us from stealing glory from the One from which all things good come.