Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Where are you seated?
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.(Ps 1:1)
As I read this, my mind begins to ponder? Where are we seated? I know the word says that I am seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, but if we are not careful, we can be seated in the wrong seat. As a kid, growing up in New York, we used to play a game called musical chairs. We would listen to a 45 record and have 5 persons walking around 4 chairs. When the music stopped, one of us would be left out.
Many of us may be playing "musical chairs" dancing to the tune of the world. Ps 1:1 puts this in three ways---Walk, Stand and Sit. One way to measure success is to hang out with successful people. When you walk with people who are negative, you will wind up being negative. Sometimes, we need to make radical changes in our relationships.
Jesus showed this principal with Jairus daughter. This attack on faith confession is nothing new. It's been here since biblical times. Jesus made a faith statement (1). He came unto a girl that was dead, but did not call her dead. Why? Because he saw in his mind the girl healed. Yes, it was a fact that she was dead but Jesus was speaking of those things that are not as though they were(2). A strong evidence that the word can change circumstances.
Yet, some people were laughing at him. They were standing in the way of sinners with their unbelief. They were sitting in the seat of the scornful with their mocking and ridicule. What did Jesus do? Did he get offended? No. He did something radical. He threw them all out! A far cry from a picture of what the world has of Jesus. Jesus was no happy go lucky, easy going, everything goes person. Jesus told it like it is. Jesus stepped on some toes.
Unbelief is like a sickness. If you go to a church where the Pastor embraces unbelief and religion, you better seek the face of God. It can weaken your faith and if you are not careful, you might be seated in the wrong seat. Jesus knew where he was seated. He had confidence in the word and did not worry what would others thought of him. He did the right thing.
It was evident in this because his faith started to work and give the end results. He knew his place with the Father and that is why it is important to be seated with him. In this world of the rat race, we play musical chairs, stepping on others and cheating to get ahead in life and leave the others behind to fend for themselves. With God, you don't have to play musical chairs because there is room for one more.
So praise God and dance for him. Be mindful of his benefits because you have a future with him. Jesus is still Lord and you are seated with him in heavenly places. What seat will you choose today? God bless.
Bible references: (1) Mark 5:22-23, 35-42 (2) Heb 11:3
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