At first glance, you might be thinking I am referring to the time-honored practice of flipping a coin. This coin toss is used to start NFL games in determining possession at the beginning of the game. Sometimes it is used to decide an issue between two parties; “I’ll flip you for it,” someone might say.
Let’s see what our Lord says about heads and tails:
The Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them. (Deuteronomy 28:13)
God promised to place His people, Israel, in power and privilege above all others if they were obedient. Yet how often they chose the way of the “tail” and not the “head” by doing what was right in their own eyes.
But this is not for you! Because of what Jesus has done for you in His perfect obedience—in both life and death—this promise, indeed “all the promises of God in [Christ] are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV).
Inasmuch as God is pleased to bless His people materially, we must receive this promise in the deepest spiritual sense. All those who are in Christ are above all those who are not in power (lacking the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit) and privilege (not adopted as a child of the Most High God). The lowliest Christian in the eyes of the world possesses this power and privilege because of Jesus. It is the Lord who makes us “the head and not the tail,” and for that we must be eternally grateful.
One of the best ways to show our gratitude to God is by living out practically what we are positionally. We are to represent the One who laid His life down for us to this fallen and broken world. When we live in a way that consistently reflects the God who recreated us we will:
- Give generously
- Serve sacrificially
- Love unconditionally
When Jesus transforms the heart, He also transforms the head and the hands. Now, I am not speaking about perfection in practice, but I am speaking about progression in performance. It’s what theologians call progressive sanctification, where we are being sanctified progressively by the same grace that saved us throughout life. Paul sets forth this truth beautifully in Ephesians 4:22-24.
Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
We will make an eternal difference in the world by being different from this world. Because we are not what we once were, we are not to live as we once lived. Jesus has raised us from death to life and in doing so, given us the grace to “put off” the old self and to “put on” the new self.
We are to be accurate representations of the One we represent. When we are, we make the Gospel attractive. God alone saves, but He uses means to do it. One of the means He has ordained to use is the way we preach the Gospel with our lives. When we give, serve, and love like Jesus, we make the Gospel attractive and provide an accurate picture to others of the God who saved us.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!