Paul pushes hard here. First, who leads your church? Whose agenda always seems to get passed? Pastor? Key elders? Prominent, influential families? Paul reminds us that Jesus is the to be head over everything for the church. Everything…means everything.
What if we sought Jesus’ input on our visioning process? What if we sought Jesus’ advice for how to go about revitalizing? Are Jesus’ priorities shaping our annual budget and spending? Does our discipleship process follow the example of Jesus or the latest Christian book?
Does Jesus reign over our marriage counseling sessions? Does Jesus have the last word in our church council conflict resolution process? Does Jesus’ teachings inform every sermon we prepare and preach? Is Jesus head over our mission committee and outreach efforts?
Second, do we truly embrace our primary call as a church to be the body of Christ — the hands and feet, the instrument by which God gets his will accomplished on earth? When people think of our church, do they picture a giant Jesus? When someone drives past our building, does the face of Jesus pop into their mind? Or, is it possible that people get other more negative images in their mind?
Do we look like Jesus in the way we treat other churches? Do we look like Jesus in our interactions with notorious sinners in our society? Do we look like Jesus in our interactions with the poor and needy? Do we look and act like Jesus when we confront people who are living in sin? Do we look and act like Jesus in the way we spend our time, talents and treasures?
Wow! How powerful a force our churches would be if we could just manage to (1) make Jesus head over all things for our church, and (2) make it our sole ambition to be a giant, corporate Jesus to those around us!
Lord, help us to do these two things! Amen.