This week we’re enjoying a simple yet profound topic in the Holy Word for Morning Revival – Holding The Head. Christ is the Head of the Body, and we are the many members of the Body of Christ. As members of the Body, we need to hold Christ as our Head. Here’s what Colossians 2:19 says,
… holding the Head, out from whom all the Body, being richly supplied and knit together by means of the joints and sinews, grows with the growth of God.
What does it mean to hold the Head? One good definition of holding Christ as the Head is to have a direct communication between us and Him, not having anything that would separate us. There’s no separation between the Head and all the members – all the members listen directly to the Head! The result of us being intimately and directly related to Christ as the Head is that we grow into Him. By our holding Christ as the Head, there is an inward growth in life – the real growth in life comes by us holding the Head! In this close communication and sweet fellowship between us as the members and Christ as the Head, all Christ’s riches are being dispensed and ministered into the members, and all the negative things are swallowed up by the supply of life from the Head. Remember: the growth in the divine life is not related mainly to how much you know and you study the Bible(though this helps a lot) or you understand / study the main doctrines of the Christian faith(though this also helps). Rather, the growth in life is related to us holding Christ as the Head, keeping ourselves intimately connected to Him – in this organic union His life supply and His riches are being dispensed and ministered into us and become our growth in life!
There’s another verse that speaks about growing up into Christ in all things – Ephesians 4:15-16, which says,
15. But holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ,
16. Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
On the one hand, we hold the Head, Christ, and on the other hand, we grow up into Him in all things. When we do this, out of Christ comes the life supply to the Body – as we Hold Him as the Head and grow up into Him, the riches of the Head will flow in us and through us. What does it practically mean that we grow up into Him? Simply put, it is to give Him more ground in our being. As we go on with the Lord in our Christian life we realize more and more that in one thing after another, we are not in Christ & we don’t allow Him to live in us in certain situations / details. As the Lord exposes us and we see this, we can pray, Lord, take over – in this matter I want to give You the ground! This is a practical way to grow – in the matters in which Christ is not yet having the preeminence, we give Him the ground in us. Though we belong to Christ, in so many things He has no ground in us. In our way of talking to the others, in our way of dressing, combing our hair, doing the things that we need to do daily – in many things, we need to ask the Lord to take over. If we ask the Lord to take over in a certain area / thing by giving Him more ground in us, we shall grow in life in regards to that particular matter.
This is the problem many times – though we love the Lord, He may not have much ground in us because we’re not holding Christ as the Head. Do we hold Christ as the Head in the way we dress? Do we give Him the ground in the things we eat and drink? How about the way we speak? Does He have the control in the way we take care of our finances? What about our attitude towards others, especially towards our spouse or our family members? When we learn that in all these things of our daily life we would give the Lord the ground, we will grow in life. To grow in life is actually to let the Lord take over in every practical matter of our life. In this way, He expands from our spirit into every part of our heart, making His home in all the parts of our being, and He gradually fills and possesses our whole being. As He grows in us / as we grow in life, our function will emerge, and the Body of Christ is being built up. In this way we cooperate with the Lord’s heavenly ministry of interceding for us – a deeper and finer correspondece to the Lord’s heavenly ministry.[enjoyment from the Heavenly Ministry of Christ, as quoted in the morning revival]
Lord, we want to hold You as the Head today! Grow in us and expand in us! May we give You more ground in us in all the little things and matters! Continue to shine on us and remind us to cooperate with You in everything… Have more ground in us, Lord! Take over in more things in us, in more areas of our heart… we want to grow into the Head in ALL THINGS!