I am the oldest of my siblings. This position of being the oldest of my brothers and sisters was not a position that I had control of which at times was unfortunate for me because there were many times where I wished that I wasn’t the oldest. This is because whenever something went wrong, I always seemed to get in trouble for it. “You’re the oldest” my mother would say. I remember the time when all my brothers and sisters were all in the bath together as we did when we were little, and my little brother decided to do a belly flop in the bath. Water went everywhere and guess who got the blame? That’s right, me. Or the time when my sisters decided to cut up my mothers pantyhose for a game of elastics. I happened to be the passer by who got roped into being used as a post for my sisters to raise the elastic up and down on while playing they’re game . My mother walks in and sees her brand new Pantyhose getting stretched by my sisters. She loses the plot and guess who gets a clip around the ear? That’s right, me! I had no control over this “you’re the oldest” position that I was born into HOWEVER… I believe God has given us the opportunity to have more control over our positioning in life than we may even realise. We are responsible for positioning ourselves in so many areas of lives on a daily basis that we can tend to forget just how significant that positioning really is. We position ourselves for employment/career opportunities, Sport/health and fitness, friendship/partnership, hobbies, the list goes on. Our positioning in these areas is so important. There is however an area in our lives that is more important than what I’ve just mentioned as far as our positioning goes, and that area is our “spiritual positioning”. The word position is mentioned many times throughout out the Bible. I think of the time when Jesus comes to a village where a woman named Martha opens her home to him. She has a sister called Mary, who sits and positions herself at the Lord’s feet listening to Him. But Martha is distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She comes to Jesus and asks, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” and Jesus replies, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”] This is a great example of positioning. We need to be careful not to get so distracted by the world that we neglect being positioned well- spiritually.
How are you positioned spiritually? Are you positioned most of your time running around like Martha worried and upset about many things? Or are you like Mary who is positioned at Jesus’ feet prioritizing your spiritual growth over the cares of the world?
When we are positioned at the feet of Jesus, our spirit is positioned to receive from God.
Here are other examples that I would call being “positioned” at the feet of Jesus.
- Church / Fellowship– The bible tells us that “where two or more gather in my name, there am I with them” Mathew 18:20]. As we gather in the name of Jesus, he is with us and our spirit is positioned well.
- Read the Bible – The Bible is the word of God. If someone was to say to me “I can’t hear God speak”. I would say to that person, “read your Bible out loud”. As we read the word of God, our spirit is well positioned.
- Prayer- when my child speaks to me, it requires my full attention (especially my 5 year old). When we talk to God through prayer, how much more then, will we get his full attention. We couldn’t get any closer to God than when we talk to him directly. God wants us to pray to him so much so, that he even instructs us to do so “devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” Colossians 4:2.] As we pray to our heavenly father, our spirit is well positioned.
I pray that God’s Holy Spirit will guide you to be positioned spiritually well, all the days of your life. Amen.