And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:18-20, ESV)
I’ve got a glorious quote for you, courtesy of one of our college guys who filled the pulpit last semester, and you’re really gonna love it:
“Christ is the head. And without a head, you’re dead.”
This quote has never left me and has been “schooling” me ever since, for two reasons:
- You gotta admit it is hilariously funny, but most importantly . . .
- It is raw and REAL.
It hits home for me. I often run around like a chickie with my head (Christ) cut off. And that is a recipe for a seriously bad set of circumstances
One thing I know about women is that we work hard. We work hard at work, we work hard at home and some of us work hard at church, too.
That is why it is SO discouraging when things don’t work out. Flames of frustration shoot out of our eyes, and we wonder “Why?” when our plans fall to pieces.
Oswald Chambers, in My Utmost for His Highest, says this:
“In Christian work our initiative and motivation are too often simply the result of realizing that there is work to be done and that we must do it. Yet that is never the attitude of a spiritually vigorous saint. His aim is to achieve the realization of Jesus Christ in every set of circumstances.”
I just love me some Oswald Chambers, don’t you?
But here’s the point—no matter what work we do, if Christ isn’t the head of it, it’s dead. It doesn’t matter if it goes well or if it falls apart. Our work—our lives should reveal Christ, not conceal Him.
Don’t Lose Your Head
I’m an indentured servant (aka a mom), and my service to my family ought to be marked by Christ-likeness. I’m aiming at the mark to “achieve the realization of Jesus Christ” no matter what I have been handed. Such as . . .
A smelly shoe with a heel covered in dog poo
A decrepit attitude from the pit served up by my beautiful tweenager
Insert yours here: ________________________________________.
If we lose our head (Christ) in these circumstances, our true mission in life will be dead.
As a believer in Christ, that mission is simple—to make disciples and share the wonders of Christ’s gift to us with those around us. If at any time we don’t tap into the gospel for strength and help for everything we do, we aren’t using our heads or THE head, who lives in us by His spirit, to the full potential available to us.
How do I receive a slimy handful of half-chewed banana from my three-year-old in the name of Jesus?
How do we handle that rancid tweenager backtalk?
Or respond to the spouse who just confessed an affair?
Answer: We filter every jot and tittle through the gospel.
Suppose you just received a damaging confession from your spouse. It hurts, no doubt, but consider how Christ receives our confessions. On the basis of His blood He is gracious and forgives every time. Thank God for His forgiveness. Instead of giving your spouse what he deserves, remember that Jesus offered him mercy. You can extend that same mercy.
Then we work through the pain of the indiscretion, applying the healing salve of the gospel every step on the road toward reconciliation.
We might struggle with the process, but God is faithful in His promise. And we can walk in peace knowing we have fulfilled Christ’s call on our lives.
It is impossible to live fully without Christ as our Head. That is His rightful position in our lives. Because “Christ is the head. And without a head you’re dead.”
Do you “lose your head” in tough situations?
How can you “use your head” by applying gospel truth in those situations and sharing life-giving truth even when the going gets tough? Please share with us in the comments.
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