A Head Disconnected
“Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it” (Colossians 2.18-19 NLT).
Staying connected to the Lord and His will for our lives takes a concerted effort. It is easy to get distracted and begin to live in our self-fulfilling, spiritually ignorant flesh. Even people in ministry can get sidetracked with the busyness of “doing” church and neglect to rely on the Lord and stay sensitive to His voice. They may wind up doing the things that make them look “pious,” but they are not truly taking time to seek the Lord. We must take care not to head down this destructive detour; but if we find ourselves out of obedience with God’s will, we can quickly repent and return to Him. Plus, we can use discernment when other people try to influence our lives, especially in spiritual matters. Are these people allowing God to be the head over their lives or has pride prevented them from staying submissive to the Lord? Jesus can only keep us secure and whole if He is in charge and the head over all we do. If He is not in His rightful place in our everyday thoughts, words, choices and actions, our lives will eventually fall apart. God is the glue that holds us together, and we can try to be in control for a while, but without the “Head” in our lives, we will wander around without eyes to see and ears to hear. Every moment of every day, we must choose to place God as the head, trusting that He will keep us secure in Him and lead us on the “best pathway.”
“The LORD says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you’” (Psalm 32.8 NLT).