We have started a new series called Jesus = Life and we’ll be working our way through the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossian church during October. We gonna be in Chapter 2 this weekend and I want to encourage you to take a few minutes and read ahead with us.
This week there has been a verse in Colossians 1 that has really stood out to me as I have been reflecting back over the Scripture from week 1. Colossians 1:18a says, “Christ is also the head of the church, which is His body.” I want to share a few thoughts from that passage that have come up in my mind over the last few days.
I’m going to work through the passage backward to help it make a little more sense.
WE (the believers) make up Jesus’ body. Figuratively, Paul tells us that we are Jesus’ hands and feet on earth. When we are all together using our gifts, talents, and abilities in the world around us we are combined to make up a whole body. You and I play an important role in making the church complete. Let me give you a few examples.
When you serve in a ministry like the Women’s Ministry and you pull together an evening of joy, laughter, food, and fellowship for the other women in the congregation like the one that happened this week, you allowing Jesus to use your physical body to move His spiritual body.
When you serve on Sunday morning in the Preschool room and you teach those children the story of Jesus, help the make it tangible with a craft using popsicle sticks and cotton balls again, and fill their little stomachs with a snack you are not only investing in the future church you are also investing in their parents right now who are sitting in our 11am gathering able to focus on connecting with the Lord in that moment, you are allowing Jesus to use your physical body to move His spiritual body.
When you jump out of your comfort zone and join one of our Groups that meet throughout the week and you participate, answer questions, and dig in a little deeper allowing others to see a different side of you that draws them closer to Jesus, you are allowing Jesus to use your physical body to move His spiritual body.
See where I am going here?
When you sacrifice a portion of your income whether it is as we collect the offering on Sunday or through online giving, your offering goes to provide food in a local food pantry where families in need can get some help, to provide a summer camp where kids can be kids and safe from the world around them that only wishes them harm, to pay Christian school teachers and feed the students at a school sponsored by a church in Kenya. Your offering also stays right here and advances the kingdom in Saint Augustine through the ministry of Homeport, a church family you love and care about. When you give you are allowing Jesus to use your physical goods to move His spiritual body forward in a world that needs His love and compassion.
The passage also says that Jesus is the head of the church? It is His life, example, and words that should guide and direct everything we say and do as a church body. We are not perfect and don’t always make the right decisions but we strive to allow Jesus to lead us. We dive into His word and seek His will for Homeport and I would encourage you to do the same. Pray for God’s will to be evident to us, pray that we would focus on the direction He is leading us, pray we would follow obediently. Without Jesus being the head of the church, we would be like a chicken with its head cut off just running around bumping into things. We don’t want to do that, we want to be lead by and obediently follow Jesus where ever He goes.
The book of Colossians is a jam-packed book in the New Testament that informs us with so much important information to guide our lives as we strive to live for Him. I hope you will not only join us all month long as we work through Colossians but that you will also read along with us and come on Sunday morning excited to worship and praise Jesus as His body!