Christ Is Our Head
Colossians 1:18: And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
What is the relationship between your head and your body? First of all, you don*t have two heads. There have been instances of animals and humans born with two heads. They are pitiful. They cannot function normally. They are grotesque illustrations of what happens when we try to share in Christ*s headship of the church. They illustrate how we want Christ to make some decisions and we want to make some ourselves. They are physical illustrations of what we look like to God spiritually when we try to steal His authority.
Your head controls your body. It tells your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe and your other muscles to do what they must do. It tells your fingers to grip a fork in such a way that it picks up food. It coordinates the muscle movements beween your arm, hand and fingers to bring the food to your mouth. It tells your mouth to chew and swallow the food. The brain controls every movement of your body. Your brain also listens to your body sometimes. When you touch something hot the nerves in your finger send a quick message to the brain about the hot thing. Very quickly your brain tells the appropriate muscles to remove your finger from the hot thing. It all happens in less than a second. God listens when we are hurting.
Without your body your brain cannot accomplish what it wants. God can do anything He wants all by Himself. But He has designed us in such a way that we are blessed when we work with Him. He wants us to be willing. He wants us to be His body. Our brains want our bodies to do what our brains want. When the brain and the body work together it is a beautiful thing and they can accomplish much. When God and men work together it is also a beautiful thing and they can accomplish much. And, of course, our heads cannot claim to have created our bodies while Christ created His body. Therefore when He and His body accomplish anything, He gets the glory.
1 Corinthians 3:9: For we are labourers together with God: ye are God*s husbandry, ye are God*s building.
When illness and age affect our bodies they become less able to do what our brains want them to do. That is a picture of what sin does to us.
2 Corinthians 4:16: For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
Our bodies deteriorate. Our inner man, the part of us that will live forever NEVER deteriorates. When our bodies deteriorate we can still serve God in our real selves.
Psalms 19:14: Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
The brain tells the mouth how to speak and what to speak. When we age or have illness our brain may not be able to control how our mouth speaks but it ought always to know what our mouth should speak. It may not always be able to control what our body does but it should always know what our bodies should do. The connection between our brains and our bodies must deteriorate but the relationship between us and our spiritual head MUST NOT deteriorate. The parts of the relationship that are controlled by Christ Our Head WILL NOT. The parts of the relationship that are controlled by our bodies will.
Revelation 19:6: And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
When we pray Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven His reigning is what we should be praying for.
If Christ is the head, it means that He is in control. I have learned and relearned that lesson.
Golf is my recreation and my exercise. I enjoy it more when I play well. If I am to control what happens to the golf ball I must do that with my body. If I am to control my body I must control my brain. I have played with people who try to distract me and weaken the connection between my brain and my body. I have learned that I sometimes relinquish control of my brain because it is my own fault. Sometimes it is a combination of a distraction and a weakness of mine. When I lose control of my brain, I lose control of my body. When I lose control of my body I lose control of the golf ball. When I lose control of the golf ball I play poorly. I recently played all but one hole of a match with my brain properly in control. But there was one hole when I was distracted by the antics of an opponent. I did not recognize that my brain was not in control for that one hole and it cost me the match. We cannot afford to be out of the Control of Christ for even one instant.