When we talk about what the Bible says about living, the focus is primarily on the spirit side of things. Our flesh and blood side plays the part of life that we’re supposed to deny or ‘die to’. We get this messed up because the way we receive stimuli is by having our senses plugged into the ‘here and now’.
As a believer, we are continually being trained to withstand the ups and downs of the flesh and blood life and not back down from our stand in the spirit. These two are very separate and it’s very difficult to see that separation, especially when we try to claim all of the ‘fun park’ experiences of life and filter out all of the difficult experiences.
It’s a double standard with a shiny package and lots of small print. We’re supposed to man our stations, stand firm in the faith and not be swayed this way or that way by the things of this world.
That’s all great and everything, but I guarantee most don’t have a clue what that actually means. Our post is a position of LOVE. When we’re told to man our post, it means much deeper things than we’re generally challenged to think about.
When you are hurt: man your post. Our self-preservation kicks in and we make some wildly destructive descisions having to magnify the sin of others to validate our side. Why would you position yourself to give life to evil? Only when it serves you, would you sell your time and move your mouth to the script of Satan. If you let on that your behavior is because you have not forgiven, then they will badger you with scripture that tells you how wrong you are and how you’re no better than the other, so you act like you’re completely free and never revisit the scene of the crime. You haven’t allowed yourself to heal because you’ve suppressed. Do you wonder why everything has a bitter tint to it?
When you fall: man your post. It is unbelievably difficult to forgive yourself. People are watching you to see if you have enough evidence of remorse to deem you worthy of forgiveness. They are watching you to see if you have moved so far past what you did that you are back to your old holy self. You’re not! You are dying inside, but if they see that, then they’ll rip you to shreds because ‘those on the path of life do not feel death in their hearts.’ If you’re too broken, they doubt you. If you’re too ‘healed’ they doubt you.
Most of my messages are to those who think they have gone too far to be forgiven or restored to the relationships that they damaged with their selfishness. But, surprisingly, a lot of the emails I get are from those who were hurt by another’s mistake. I have dialog with both sides of pain and I ache for you all. If you only knew what the other side was thinking….
I have a message for both sides. I’ll stop talking now and let Paul set the tone for your weekend:
Staying at Our Post
“Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. God reminds us,
I heard your call in the nick of time;
The day you needed me, I was there to help.
Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing. Our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised, and when we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.
…I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!”