“…we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” Eph 4:15
My struggle as a Christian has always been coping with the wide chasm existing between my head and my heart. To be more exact, my flesh doesn’t always heed the commands issued from my head. In another word, my spirit is willing most of the time, but my flesh is often weak, therefore the pace of my spiritual growth has always been rather slow.
Christ is the head of the church, yet the members of the body don’t always obey the orders of the head and, consequently, the church remains immature in all aspects. The issue is obviously not the head; the members of the church are to blame. Obedience to the head of the church, that is, Christ, is the key to the church’s growth into maturity.
I guess this analogy works to a certain extent. The Spirit of God, wherever he dwells, it matters not either within the head or the heart, should be the command center from which the orders are issued, and we must do what he says at all times in order to grow into maturity as Christians. All the necessary conditions for us to grow into maturity are there and all we need to do is to surrender to the leadership of the Spirit and growth will become natural. There simply is no other way provided for us except the way of obedience.
We will just be a bunch of lifeless people doing lifeless things unless we are connected with the Head and do what we are told to do. A chicken with its head cut off still moves frantically, yet there is no sense of purpose and direction in all its moving; it’s mere instinct, I suppose.
Activities within the church do not equal spirituality. They are two different things. I may be quite active during the day and engage in all sorts of activities, but that doesn’t mean that I am making big strides in my growth as a person. In fact, I may become weaker by continuing to do superfluous things that only sap away my spiritual strength. We should not just do things; we should do the right things, the things that the Head tells us to do.
It has long become an annual routine for our church to conduct monthly outreach meetings, and we may be doing it for the sake of doing it, even though the results they generate may be rather meager. Surely doing something does beat doing nothing, doesn’t it? The opposite of activity is inactivity and we know well what our preference should be, not realizing inactivity sometimes is a viable choice. Waiting is better than action if action isn’t really what the Lord intends for us to do. Indeed, “in repentance and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your strength…” What is the use of all our activities, as a church or a person, if deep trust and love for the Lord is absent?