Building Things of Eternal Value

And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

— Ephesians 1:22-23 (NKJV)

God has made Jesus head over all things. How does this affect your personal life, your family, your church – and the Church?

Building Things of Eternal Value

The headship of Jesus means we belong to Him, along with everything we have been given. It also means that we shouldn’t go our own way, but follow His direction.

Look for a moment in Philippians 2:16. Paul says:

“...that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain or laboured in vain.”

I want to suggest to you, if you are doing your own thing and working on your own plans and your own projects, in ‘that day’, I’m very sorry to tell you, you’ll discover that you’ve laboured in vain and run in vain. I’m probably nearer to eternity than most of you here. And for me this is a very serious matter. I’ve devoted the biggest part of my life to serving the Lord and I don’t want to end up with a zero when I stand in front of God.

Paul warned us in 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 you can pile up material: wood, hay, stubble; but there’s coming a fire that will consume it in an instant. You’ll be saved; the New International Version says “the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved — even though only as one escaping through the flames.” But all your works will be burned up. It is my personal conviction that everything that God has not initiated will be burned up because it’s contrary to the principles that He’s laid down, the principle of headship.

Please allow me to ask you a few probing questions coming to the end of this message. Let’s make some personal application. I mentioned before that, for five years, I trained teachers in Africa for African primary and intermediate schools. They had to make a lesson plan on certain stages. But the end was application, to check that the children had really learned the lesson. My poor student teachers, they failed on the application. 

I remember a young man; he was teaching a lesson on sanitation — to give it a very respectable title. Or, as they call it, the Kenya long drop. And he had a beautiful lesson plan and wonderful diagrams on the board! When he finished, he stood there with his arms folded waiting for me to approve. I tiptoed around the class and I looked at what the children had got in their exercise books. It didn’t have any relationship to what he had on the board. So, I had to deflate him and say: “you taught all right but they learned nothing.”

So, let’s have the application. I’m going to ask you a series of questions. This is the first: how much has God really initiated in your individual life? Just mentally run over the things you’re involved in right now, the things you’re giving your time and strength and ability to. And say: has God initiated those?


Dear Lord, I pray that You would search me by Your Holy Spirit and bring to light everything which You have not initiated and to which I currently give my time, abilities and energy. Help me to be completely surrendered to You, to seek Your face and submit to Your direction. Lord, I know that, ultimately, what You choose for me is the best and will have eternal value. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

These messages are taken from Derek Prince's audio teaching series, The Headship of Jesus, available in our webshop here.