31st October 2019

Don’t Lose Your Head!

“Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body.”
Colossians 1:18 (NLT 1996)

I’m sure that many of us are very familiar with this old saying in the title. I guess there’s a touch of humour about it but it tells us; don’t fly off the handle, stay in control, come to your senses, be aware, be alert (your country needs “lerts”–sorry!)

The great Apostle, Paul wrote a letter to the church at Colossae and in it he points out that they need to know that Christ is the Head of the Church! Why? Perhaps this small congregation were drifting away from this basic truth, this awareness that the head controls the body, that He is the source of our spiritual life, our guide, counsellor, even our spiritual identity! He is not merely an important part of our new life he is our new life, the reason for everything we do; so it is very important not to lose our head!

Notice here in Colossians chapter 3:3-4—“For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.” This scripture flags up another blessing that our Head gives us—He brings us to glory! He also encourages them to understand that, “In this new life it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilised, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters and he lives in all of us” (verse 11). And because of this indwelling we need to “Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done” (Colossians 2:7).

Perhaps you remember the poem by Kipling called “If” which begins, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you…” really good advice don’t you think? Because, without a head we are lifeless, cut off from reality, adrift in the seas of life. So let’s keep reminding ourselves—“Don’t lose your head!”

Loving Father; help us to keep our head even if all around are losing theirs and to yield to the One who is our spiritual head and our very life.

Study by Cliff Neill

About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: luton@gracecom.church

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