When our family packs in the car, it seems everyone jockeys for the front seat position. One of our five children has the habit of getting to the car early, establishing their “squatters rites” for the front passenger seat. Each sibling has developed their own plan to take control of their seat of choice, ranging from subtle negotiations to outright threats of terror. I dread the day when our children begin squabbling over the driver’s seat.
At a young age, even children pick up on nonverbal clues about the significance of where they sit. The old English proverb rings true: “Where you sit determines where you stand.”
Historians have studied the sitting positions of leaders of the free world at the Yalta conference for decades, intrigued by the positions of Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill.
Russia and England had opposing agendas for post-war Germany. Roosevelt positioned himself in between Stalin and Churchill, functioning as the mediator between the two sides. Even during photos, FDR understood the significance of one’s sitting position to influence negotiations and to channel interpersonal dynamics. Nowadays, politicians are very intentional about where they sit in relation to others. They have learned the principle that where one sits determines their standing among other world leaders.
Studies during business meetings also suggest a hierarchy of sitting positions around the table. In meetings where you sit determines where you stand in your degree of influence. Sitting at the head of the table away from the door is the primary “power position” followed by the seats facing the door. Savvy leaders have learned the art of positioning themselves in the power seats promoting their agendas.
Has it ever crossed your mind that you are seated in a “power position” in Christ? In the spiritual realm, where you sit determines where you stand.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,…………
Eph. 2:4-5 (emphasis mine)
We are seated in a position of acceptance!
Christ did for us what we could not do for ourselves, positioning Himself as our mediator. He who knew no sin became sin for us so that we could experience peace with God. Finishing the work of salvation, Jesus sat down and seated those who are His with Him in heavenly places. We rest because of His finished work.
Jacob is an old testament example of someone who spent a good portion of his life trying to gain on his own what God had already promised. Instead of trusting in God’s promises, Jacob swindled his brother out of the birthright and deceived his father into giving him a blessing. If you truly have experienced the rebirth there is no need to waste your energy, time and focus trying to gain something that Christ has already given you. There is no need for you to “jockey” for a position that you have already been freely given.
Believing that God has blessed you with all heavenly blessings in Christ Jesus, you must receive God’s promises, resting from all attempts to impress God, agreeing that Christ’s work on the cross was sufficient, sitting down with the Savior.
By faith, one understands that there are no hoops to jump through to gain approval and acceptance in His sight. In Christ, we are accepted only by believing and receiving His finished work on the cross. He has truly made us sit and rest solely in our connection with Himself. We no longer have to guard, contest, fuss, bicker, or struggle for position because we have already been given the highest station–seated with Him in heaven.
We are seated in a position of authority!
Viewing our lives from our perch in heaven, we understand that nothing can happen except what is filtered through the hands of a sovereignly good God, purposing all things for His glory and our benefit. Death, life, angels, principalities, tribulations, persecutions, things present or to come cannot change your position because of your connection with Christ.
Seeing life from this eternal vantage point, frees you up to live a life of influence in this present world. You are an ambassador, leaving your realm to visit a foreign country, reconciling its inhabitants to your king, using your authority to influence others, offering a treaty of peace to those who will receive it.
We are seated with access to the Sovereign King of the Universe!
Being seated in heaven by the risen Savior has many benefits. The greatest, is our access to Jesus. At any time we have the opportunity to have an audience with God boldly making requests before His throne of grace. Because of our connection with Christ, He knows every issue we face. He understands our past and sees His plans for our future. We have a wonderful opportunity to ask. Why not take advantage of the opportunity?
Christians possess a backstage pass with unlimited access. You have an audience with God.