Christ is the Head
by Jim Hughes
Col. 1:18 – Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so he is first in everything. (NLT)
Do not be confused about this. Christ is the head of the Church. No one can take away from Jesus that which is rightfully His. No one has the authority to run the church except Jesus.
No one has the authority to set himself up over others and act as if everything revolves around him. Christ is the head of the church—not the pastor, not the lay leaders, not the powerful, nor the rich. Christ does not need help on knowing how to run the Church. Therefore, we must all submit to Him and let Him run things. How do we do that?
Jesus made it very clear that His house is a house of prayer. In all things, we unite our hearts together in prayer. We pray for one another continuously. We all need to pray. We pray that the Lord will keep each of our hearts pure and focused on Him.
We pray for strength to resist the temptation to put ourselves, or others, as head of the church body. We pray that those who lead us will do so through prayer, submission to Christ, and love.
We pray that the body of Christ will not be driven by jealousy or envy because we have different functions in the body. We pray together that we will never lose sight of the fact that Jesus is our head and each one of us is an essential part of His body.
Jesus is THE way and anyone who tries to lead without Christ leading him will lead the church away from God, not towards Him. Without His input and instructions, we will lose our way and no longer be a spiritual impactor in the community or world.
Are you praying consistently over and with your church family? Are you praying for your spiritual leaders, as well as those who follow them? Nothing of eternal worth will be accomplished through the church until we are united as one on our knees before God's throne.
About the Author
I am a retired pastor having served the church mainly as a bi-vocational pastor for over 40 years. I have been married for over 40 years and we have two married children and a single son. I have an online ministry, posting daily devotionals and tweeting on faith and marriage.
I have authored a series of devotional books covering every book of the Bible and several marriage books.
Readers can visit my webpage. I tweet at 4248 and I post devotionals at my blog and on Facebook. You can read Jim’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 3rd Sunday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.