At this point in time there is a plan in the works. The plan is to perform a head transplant. No, I'm not joking. Valery Spiridonov of Russia will be flying to the United States to undergo this unbelievable operation. Spiridonov suffers from a form of muscular dystrophy. The doctor, Dr. Sergio Canavero plans to sever Spiridonov's head from his failing body and attach it to a (theoretically) healthy body. Some doctors say that this risk is huge, and that he might wind up with a fate worse than death. Spiridonov himself says that he isn't exactly excited on going onto the operation table, but he knows that this is an opportunity that he must take if he wants to have any hope of an independent lifestyle.
I can't help but notice the similarity and difference between this man's situation and our spiritual situation. However instead of being like the man, we are more similar to the body that is awaiting the man's head. Without a head, a body may have many different parts and may be in great condition (as far as being headless goes), but ultimately it is useless, and fated for being destroyed. I'm sure you can see where I'm going with this. If you have your Bible handy, turn over to Ephesians 5:22. While talking about the relationship between the husband and wife, Paul mentions that Christ is the head of the church. Without Christ, all we are is a headless cadaver. Without Christ, we are a fruitless fruit tree (Matt 7:17-20).
Doctors tell Spiridonov that his upcoming operation is a bad idea. It's a mistake. But think of the reward that he will have, in the event of a successful operation. A new life! WE have that same opportunity also by attaching Christ to our lives!
Which are you? Are you a function part of the body of Christ, or a headless cadaver?
Austinville Church of Christ