Headship: The Place of Godly Increase
Colossians 2:19—and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.
Good news, shepherds—the growth of our flocks in quality and quantity comes from Jesus as our Head! Here again is Christ the Master Builder taking the lead that provides pure growth.
Throughout my journey as a pastor-teacher, I was always interested in good leadership ideas. Some of those ideas came from the world of business.
On one occasion I was challenged to write down specific goals for our ministry accompanied with a definite time frame in which they were to be accomplished. So, I did that. The goals were noble, I thought. They did include numbers and nickels, but they also included qualities of character and Christlikeness. Having written them on a 3×5 card and putting them in a handy place where they could be reviewed, I set out to see them accomplished.
Shortly after that I heard a very godly mentor of mine say to an audience, “I don’t set goals because I might reach them and miss God!” Boy, was I conflicted! How was I to reconcile these two approaches to successful accomplishment in Kingdom work?
Around that time another mentor shared these words: “Jesus Christ obviously present and actively in charge is our paradigm for success.” There was my answer.
The life of the body (Church) flows from the Head (Christ). I must say I have been fascinated in my faith by this thought ever since. Real increase happens when Jesus is present and in charge in the midst of the redeemed community.
Paul confirms this truth in the following way.
Ephesians 4:15-16—but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
We have all we need for church health and growth within these few words. The active headship of Christ provides the power for producing mature, equipped believers. The members of the body cannot do this without Him. No amount of Christian education will transform lives without His power. Remember the Vine (Jesus) told the disciples, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). There is no spiritual growth for the body apart from union with the Head, but with Him we can experience all the aspects of growth and increase that comes from God.
We should be reminded here that Jesus promised:
To build His church. (Matthew 16:18)
To accompany His disciple makers. (Matthew 28:20)
To send the Holy Spirit. (Luke 24:49)
To walk amongst the church. (Revelation 1)
He builds as we preach the Word, walk in obedience, pray in oneness, and serve in the power of the Holy Spirit.
From Belief to Behavior
Review the truth (together)
Repent of missteps (together)
Agree in prayer (together)
Take note of what He does (together)