Living in the faith position
LIVING IN "THE FAITH POSITION"
I'm currently in another extended transition between ministry roles which seems to have been a regular occurrence during my 15 years of pastoral ministry. These have often been accentuated by times of low income (or no income!) which have tested the resilience of my family and required us to lean heavily into Jesus as we have trusted him for our daily provisions and for his guidance into our next season of life.
I was recently discussing this with a colleague, and I said to him, "We're in the faith position again". I was surprised by my choice of words and started to wonder what "the faith position" actually looked like and whether it was simply something that I adopted in emergencies. I soon realised that "the faith position" had to be a permanent posture for the follower of Jesus and was quite different from "the brace position" which airline stewards tell us about at the beginning of our flight in case of an emergency (I have my doubts about how useful "the brace position" is if the plane is going to crash but heh - I'm happy to play along!). In fact, the two "positions" or postures are radically different when it comes to living the Christian life. The "brace position" is: passive; the position of last resort, and it anticipates disaster, failure and defeat. The faith position is active, the position of first resort and anticipates overcoming, success and victory.
It's crucial we understand this for “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). Circumstances in life can cause us to get in our bunker and "brace for impact" as we anticipate the next challenge or difficulty to emerge in our daily lives. But living by faith (2 Cor 5:7) means we take a different view of our situation (and those to come) according to God's kindness, love and mercy (Titus 3:4, Romans 12:1). What posture are you positioned in right now? Does it reflect your faith and confidence in Jesus - or lack of it?