Today’s Navigator’s tool “30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God” goes beyond our individual relationships with the Lord God. Today we’re thinking about our corporate relationship – The Church.
I’ve been hearing from a number of people over the last year or two who claim to be Christians and yet do not attend any church. Something happened in their past encounters at a church and they’ve stopped going in response to some hurt or injustice suffered.
But when we are coming to God in our prayers, we must remember that He is the Head of the church and that the church is His beloved Bride. The church is on His mind. The church is on His heart. As Christ-followers we should never walk away from meeting with our fellow-believers to worship our Father, our Savior, and our indwelling Holy Spirit.
In talking about the church, the writer of Hebrews put going to church in perspective:
let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:22–25
Do you notice the pronouns in those verses? There’s no “me” or “I,” just “us” and “our.” And also notice the command of verse 25 about “not forsaking our own assembling together.” So why are so many who call themselves believers not obeying this strong admonition? That’s easy – They’ve had a HEAD TRANSPLANT. Let’s think this through.
quoting from the Navigator tool:
God is the Church’s head.
God the Son, Jesus, is the head of the Church. As the head, the part of the body that sees, hears, thinks, and decides, He gives the orders that the rest of the body lives by.
And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:22–23
If you are indifferent toward Christ’s body (the church), you are indifferent toward the Lord Himself. They are inseparable. The Head of the church is your Head.
But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man… 1 Corinthians 11:3
He is also head of the body, the church… Colossians 1:18
and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; Colossians 2:10
Any physical body can get along without an arm, a foot, or even a whole leg. We can transplant kidneys and lungs but it’s impossible to switch heads. When we try to push God out of the way in controlling our church or even lay aside His worship as our Head, we are indeed trying to substitute the authority, rule, and commands of the true Head for a different one. We want to put our comfort, our scheduling convenience, our pride, our thin skin, even our personal preferences over the command of our Lord – the true Head.
Have you been trying to live with a Head transplant? Have you replaced frustration, envy, anger, hurt feelings, ego, or even sin with the true, loving, gracious, and merciful God – who is worthy of our worship and obedience?
Are you allowing Him to be Head of your church? Are you allowing God to be your Head?
Think about it…