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hold on to the head...

"...because of his unspiritual mind...he doesn't hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, develops with growth from God." Colossians 2:18-19

The headless horseman...or better known as "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving catapulted the headless man into American folklore. A battle, a head decapitated in war, and a body, using a Jack-o-Lantern as a stand in, while he searches for his head...endlessly seeking revenge, and unable to rest. A perfect Halloween story. And metaphorical to the life of a person and church without Jesus.

We are in a moment by moment dependence to hold fast to Him. I often forget that my life is not life without the source of life giving me life. Jesus is enough. Each day. Forget the mysticism, forget the "spirituality" that invades our churches and sidewalks, forget the "playing church"...God's chosen are those who hold tight to the head...Jesus.

Zephaniah knew this more than most of his day. He was a prophet who pleaded with the people for godliness and purity in nations that were sinful to the core. He warned them in sincere poetic fashion that "the day of the Lord" was coming and He would not hold back. He pleaded with the people to repent while there was still time. There was a desperation in His prophecy that this would not end well for those who did not obey God, did not accept discipline, did not trust in Yahweh and who did not draw near.

Then, in a beautiful turn around, for those that did turn back? A picture of complete restoration...a time that is coming when Jesus will be the King of ultimate reversals, where the disgraced will be praised, where the lowly will be brought high, where the sinful will experience grace that supersedes all else and every man will walk in humility.

Find Jesus and then hold on to the head...for if you do...

"The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing." Zephaniah 3:17


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