By Pastor Douglas Raynor, II
"And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God." - Colossians 2:19 (KJV)
"They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow." - Colossians 2:19 (NIV)
When I started my journey living for God, I made mistakes, lots of mistakes. I would mess up at the drop of a hat, horribly. I will spare you the details of the struggles, but they were real, nonetheless.
As I search the farthest memories of my early days living for God, without over sensationalizing it, I recall that when I fell, I always fell TOWARDS the House of God. What I mean by that is, I would mess up but I wasn’t looking for an excuse to leave the church, I fell knowing that I had issues and I wanted to get them right. Something in my spirit caused me to run TO the place I knew I could find help.
I remember having to do an assignment for a college course that required me to go an observe a playground full of children. Since that assignment, I enjoy watching people in their environments and watching patterns (Humans are funny). It transposes into the church as well.
Living in the Bible belt and having lived in Texas for almost 9 years, I’ve been able to visit a lot of churches. I’m not sure how many church services I’ve been able to attend (I once drove over 2 hours one way to hear the owner of this blog preach), but I know it’s been several.
The pattern I’ve noticed is, there seems to be those in every church that are “disconnected.”
Hear me out before this is labeled “doom and gloom.”
I have been in services where the power of God was so strong and there were those that sat in their seats seemingly never touched by the presence of God. I’ve also witnessed those that would dance, shout, run the aisles and never darken the church door again because they fell and instead of falling towards the church, they fell in the opposite direction, away from church. What is it that causes both?
I’ve sensed a lack of passion in our church world today. The attitude of some is, “Be glad I’m here at church.” Or, “I’m here but I could easily be somewhere else.” There are those that are definitely disconnected.
Merriam-Webster says the definition of disconnected is “not connected to something (such as a power source).”
If a stove is not connected to a power source, it’s of no use. It still looks like a stove, but it will not boil water. If my computer isn’t plugged into an outlet, I wouldn’t be writing this article. It still looks like a computer, but it’s only an expensive paper weight without being connected to the power source.
In 2 Timothy 3:5, Paul looked ahead and anticipated the things we are experiencing today. He said there would be those that “will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” (NLT)
Do you notice this in yourself or those around you?
My job as a minister is to help people get connected to the power source. It’s my desire to see the Body operating to its full ability.
Is it that we are too burdened down with the cares of this life? Do we come to church with what happened yesterday on our mind, thinking about problems on the job, worried about having too much month at the end of the money? Yes, we are human.
We are worried about the election. We are worried about relationship problems. We are worried about things that we have no control over.
However, in the midst of all of those things we have to reconnect to the power source.
“…they have lost connection with the head…”
I recently observed a snake being decapitated. While the snake was headless, it could still move. Not only was it still able to move, it would maneuver its body to strike…even without a head. Be that as it may, the snake was powerless. It had no direction.
As the head of my home I am responsible for its wellbeing and direction.
Somewhere there has to be a return of passion.
I learned that during a child’s Faith Formation, they view their parents as God because it’s all they know. As they grow from early childhood into an early adolescent, their view of God constantly changes. They become spiritually sensitive, then onto an awareness that their parent/guardian is not God and the world is much bigger. Most would refer to this process as a child coming to the “age of accountability.”
If somewhere in God’s grand design, I wonder if there is a parallel in the spiritual realm. Just as a child grows and their view of God and the world changes, could it be possible that the new convert goes through the same changes? As our faith grows, does our view of God change? Can it be somewhat oxymoronic that as we grow in our faith, our faith in God actually shrinks? Has it become that the more we understand God the less we have the ability to trust Him and what He’s able to do? Do we outgrow God?
I constantly ask myself the question, “Is it me that is disconnected? Am I the only one that feels this way?” The question is asked because of the desire to be right with God. If something isn’t right in my spirit, I want to correct it and draw close to God.
HOW DO WE CONNECT?
Don’t try to live for God if you’re disconnected, you’ll only be miserable. Find a way to reconnect. Find a way to plug into the Power Source. Find a way to spend more time in devotion, prayer and meditation. Purpose in your mind to seek God with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (ESV)
Tune out all the distractions. Turn off the T.V. Log out of Facebook. Turn off the radio. Pick up the Word of God. Develop a personal prayer life. Fall in love with the House of God. Push your plate back.
When we get connected the passion will return. When we push aside everything that brings us down, then we will find direction.
I’ve heard it said that anything with TWO heads is beast. On the other hand, anything without a head, or disconnected, is lifeless.
My purpose in this article is to draw concern to being disconnected. Once we get connected to the Head, we will grow as God causes us to grow.
Douglas Raynor II serves as Pastor of Soul's Harbor Apostolic Church in Scott's Hill, Tennessee. He is also the current District Elder of the Tennessee District Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ Incorporated.