Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


June 23, 2011

Posturing is part of our daily lives, not merely in the work place, but in virtually every aspect of our lives. How do we appear and stand up to those around us. We may be somewhat unaware of its pervasiveness, or simply in denial about its presence and effect upon us.

[James and John] replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”
                                                --Mark 10:37 TNIV
Even amongst the Twelve. James and John call “dibs” on the best seats in heaven; they “call it.” James and John knew how it works “down here.” But once again, that’s not how it works in the kingdom. Jesus says, “No can do. I can’t grant such a privilege or request.” In fact, “whoever wants to become great among you, must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.” (43,44) That’s a far cry from sitting in the Owner’s Box.
No posturing in the kingdom. The preferred seat is the posture of a servant of others. When you decided to follow Jesus, did you decide to serve, to be a servant of Christ, and in doing so, a servant of others? Think of our frustrations and discouragements as Christ followers. Might they be rooted in our posturing, rather than the posture of a servant?
Dale Patterson