There’s an old saying that goes, “Two Heads are Better than One,” which means that two people thinking about how to do something can come up with a better or quicker solution since they will generate more ideas and have different perspectives than a single person thinking about how to do the same thing. The saying does make a lot of sense.
However, what if you took that statement literally? What if your body actually had two heads instead of one? Imagine the confusion:
- One head is all excited about going out, and the other head is tired and wants to go to bed. What’s your body going to do?
- Both heads want to talk at the same time. Will you need to talk over yourself? Will you interrupt yourself?
- The two heads have different viewpoints on the same subject. Will you have an argument with yourself?
Clearly, there are times when two heads are not better than one. In fact, in any situation where there is a single body or entity, two heads are never better than one.
For example, what if you had two bosses at your job? One boss gives you an assignment for the morning and tells you to have it done by noon, and the other boss tells you that you have an appointment to go meet a customer at 9 a.m., which will occupy the entire morning. No matter what you do, you’re going to have one boss upset with you. One entity and two heads — it doesn’t work.
Jesus makes a similar point in the Sermon on the Mount:
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)
Note that Jesus doesn’t say that it’s a bad idea to serve two masters. He says that you CAN’T serve two masters. If you try, then you will run into the types of conflicts described above. So, you have to choose one to be the absolute master. Specifically, you can’t have both God and mammon (money/the world) as your masters — you have to choose one.
In the previous blog, we spoke about what it means to make money your master. When someone does that, they make their decisions in life based on which choices result in more treasures on earth instead of which choices result in treasures in heaven. Is this what we want as our master or head?
No! When we made the decision to follow the Lord, we made Him our head — our one and only head. We may still have other bosses in the world who we are subject to in some way, but the Lord has to be the absolute master of our lives. When it comes to the body of Christ, two heads are not better than one. So, regardless of what options are presented to us, our eye should be single toward doing what God wants us to do, as opposed to any alternative.
“If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness.” (Matthew 6:22-23)
Is our eye single toward the things of God or are we letting other things distract us? There is no shortage of distractions today — the cares of life, the concerns of the world around us, other belief systems, and even just doing what we want to do all compete for the ability to influence our decisions and lead us in various directions in life. In essence, they’re all trying to be “heads” in our life.
But we don’t need any more heads. We already have a head in Jesus Christ, and that’s the best head we can have. Don’t let anyone tell you that you need more than that. When it comes to serving God, two heads are not better than one.
“The head of every man is Christ; and the head of Christ is God” (1 Corinthians 11:3)
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