“Rachel Bailey did not lose her head over temporarily losing her head,” reports Eli MacKinnon of Life’s Little Mysteries. “The 23-year-old Phoenix resident is making a miraculous recovery after a car accident fully separated her skull from her spine, a rarely seen and even more rarely survived injury called an internal decapitation.”
Internal decapitation, or atlanto-occipital dislocation, occurs when head trauma separates the skull from the spinal column while leaving the exterior of the neck intact. Because the types of head injury that can cause internal decapitation usually also involve severe nerve damage or the severing of the spinal cord, the usual result is paralysis or death.
Quick action alone saved Bailey’s life. Had skilled hands not immediately reconnected her head to her spine, she would have been left, at best paralyzed, or possibly even dead.
Spiritually speaking, Christ is the Head of the Church, therefore every member of His body must be connected to Him to experience life and vitality. But like Rachel Bailey, it is possible for a Christian to suffer from internal decapitation. We may look fine on the outside, attending worship services, being involved in some benevolent effort, etc., but inside – in our inner self – we have become disconnected from our Head, Jesus Christ.
It’s not enough to appear to be connected to Christ. Every member of His body, the Church, must be engaged in vital union with Him on the inside. That means experiencing intimate fellowship with Christ, our Head. Remember Christ is “the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” (Col. 1:18). Therefore, we must be involved in “speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ” (Eph. 4:15).
Sadly many are as Jesus declares, “This people honoreth me with their lips; But their heart is far from me” (Mt. 15:8). Friends, do not let this be true of you. Stay connected to the Head.
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