Headship: Our Place of Protection
Colossians 2:9-10—For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
A good under-shepherd will be very careful to keep his flock under the protection of the Headship of the Lead Pastor. This comes through prayerful submission to the Word of God.
If, in fact, we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12), then we need to eagerly place ourselves under the Head of all principalities and powers.
Power of any kind without authority is dangerous, and activity without authority is exhausting and fruitless.
Satan loves to busy a church with noble efforts for which Jesus never planned.
All the ills that could be listed about church today could be linked back to this one thing: We have gone our busy and well-intentioned ways without the approval and authority of the active Headship of Christ. There is always pain, distraction, and mischief in any congregation where the strong and right rule. It’s much better to be weak and victorious as we watch the Lord of Hosts command His armies to protect His flock. Therefore, strategically and intentionally, we must lead those in our care to submit: a military term which means to array under for battle.
Martin Luther’s classic hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” poetically captures this idea perfectly.
Did we in our own strength confide
Our striving would be losing,
Were not the right man on our side,
The man of God’s own choosing,
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He—
Lord Sabaoth His name,
From age to age the same—
And He must win the battle—
Our lead pastor is a warrior—both in the Old Testament and in Revelation. He goes forth to conquer and fight for God’s people. The rage of the prince of darkness is no threat to Him. Ours is to humbly and patiently align ourselves under Him and wait until we have His permission with no hidden agenda of our own.
From Belief to Behavior
Let’s humble ourselves under Christ’s authority.
Repent of all known sin.
Ask for wisdom in faith.
Wait until the peace of God rules hearts.
Do all this as a body.
Note: In all of these lessons we are nurturing an attitude that is led by prayer.