I began the conversation with, “I heard that the church over at Elm and Grove hired a new pastor.“
“We are not a part of that church,” Stan responded, “but, yes, after the previous pastor left to pursue a new calling, the elders searched for, found, and hired a new pastor.”
Continuing, Stan then said, “I had the opportunity last night to meet him at a community reception.”
“Nice fellow?” I asked.
“Very,” was Stan’s response. “He seems like a real great choice for the church. Easy to talk with, gentle, fun, and, most importantly, he passed the test.”
“Test?” I asked. “What test?”
“Well,” Stan responded, “rightly or wrongly, I am prone to ask people questions just to test to see where they are in their walk with God.”
“And you did that with the pastor?” I asked a bit skeptically.
“I did,” Stan replied. “As I shook his hand and told him I was happy to meet him, I said, ‘So you are the new head guy.’”
“How did he respond to that?”
“He just looked at me for a few seconds, and then said something like he was not the new head guy. He said he is just the new pastor but that he knows and works for the One who is the head, Jesus Christ.”
Continuing, Stan then said, “I then really shook his hand and told him I was delighted to meet him and to welcome him to our community. I was thinking the church had made a real good choice.”
Stan then added, “Jesus is the head of the church. Period. Pastors and elders are to help lead the flock under the headship of Christ, but if they begin to think that are the head or heads of the church, trouble is brewing and Satan is smiling.”
“Important perspective for every person who is involved with the church. Christ is the head. We are to deny self, take up what He has for us to be and to do, and follow Him wherever He leads. It is His church and we are part of the body!”
And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fulness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:22, 23.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you gave your Son to be the head of the church. Thank you that you gave Him to be the head of me in every aspect of my being. Please forgive all of the times I have tried to assert headship over and above Him and you. I ask for your hand of blessing on the church so that the pastors, elders, and leaders will truly and continually submit to your headship and do what you have for them to do in denying self, taking up the cross, and following you. I ask for your help in building and maintaining a healthy church in accord with your will. Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus, your chosen Head of your church. Amen.