Elevate Your Head
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. Colossians 1:18
This sounds like medical advice, but it is also a practical reality of our humanity. As humans we tend to elevate your physical heads. Think of this for a moment. Our head (comprised of everything above our neck) is held high when we walk. We hold our head up above our body when we are seated. Even lying down in bed, we use a pillow to elevate our head above the rest of our body. Reasons for the head being above the body are practical and range from health, function, blood flow, balance, and protection of the head and brain.
With even greater care than our body places on holding up our physical head, we are to lift up the head of the Church. Jesus is the head of believers and must be elevated above individual Christians. Our thoughts, opinions, and goals must be subservient to the Lord. In a way, our thoughts, opinions and goals must be formed by Jesus rather than ourselves.
Our human nature screams and rebels at placing someone else above us in authority and power. Submitting to God and yielding to His Word and Holy Spirit is how we elevate Jesus above ourselves. We can take it personally and choose to rebel and side with our sin nature, or we can willingly submit with humility to the Lord.
When you find yourself in a conflict with a spouse, it could be that you are elevating yourself above what the Lord would have you do or say. When you are disappointed or even angry with someone or something at church, it could be that you are placing your will above the will of God. When the workplace seems troublesome, it could be that your expectations are not the expectations that the Lord has for your work.
Who is the head of your life? If you are making “all the calls” for your life, then you are missing the point of Colossians 1:18. Let Jesus have the Preeminence in your life. Because Jesus rose from the dead; He is worthy of being the head of our lives.
Jesus does not want to be an important part of your life. Jesus wants to be the preeminent part of your life- your head. Consult God’s Word. Pray. Seek counsel of your pastor. Place God above all your choices and lifestyle decisions. Follow the leader. When we lift up Jesus instead of ourselves, our lives then honor the Lord and He has room to work incredible miracles in our lives.