If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1 (KJV).
The word Positioning has a very interesting application to its meaning, its meaning states thus, to put and arrange someone or something in a particular way or place. Most of the time positioning is geared towards an elevated or higher place or post of assignment. This is something we see happening in our daily affairs at home, work, school, business ventures, social clubs, etc. The word used in our circles to represent positioning is what we know as promoting or promotion.
However, positioning oneself into something new is not a day’s job and must not be taken lightly. It usually takes a lot from anybody serious about where they are looking to go or be. It would take a lot of effort by way of intentional planning, and spending time to educate and acquire the right knowledge and skills required to function in the new position. Seeking the right mentor or coach who will be knowledgeable enough to see that you get into the position and also function optimally. Time, money, and spiritual and intellectual development are other things that may come into play in one’s elevation or positioning.
So, what comes with positioning? A new mindset, a new way of life, a new perspective, and a new orientation will have to be acquired if we want to benefit from all that this position has to offer. In essence, whoever is serious or determined to occupy such a position must make up their minds to live out the lifestyle associated with the terms and conditions that have to do with the said position.
Now with that being said, some of us may wonder if the above emphasis placed on the positioning isn’t going overboard or too far. Frankly speaking, this is not what is intended here, rather the lengthy emphasis on the topic is geared to draw our attention to the importance of positioning and the eternal values it brings to our lives, especially here on earth.
The kind of positioning we are trying to portray here supersedes all other mundane types of positioning that we have been used to. Our Bible verse for today does a good job of expressly explaining to us what this kind of positioning entails and the eternal values it brings our way.
Now, what kind of positioning is this? Where is this positioning going to be? Why is it so important to us?
First and foremost like was mentioned earlier, this kind of positioning has an eternal value attached to it, which means it comes with all the trappings of all that the Kingdom of God has to offer us, that is for those of us who have come to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
In this Bible verse, we are being given a plausible reason as well as a condition why we should occupy this new positioning, which is ‘If ye then be risen with Christ,’ (KJV). Secondly, part of the conditions given, is that ‘we have to set our minds on things above.’ It goes on to answer our question of where or the place the positioning is, and this is, ‘where Christ is sitted at the right hand of God—in Heaven.’
Now the crucial question is, why as believers in Christ Jesus are we required to gain this stance or standpoint? Here is a summary of why we must do this. In Positioning and setting our minds on things in Heaven, we get to stand in a higher place of authority. A place where as the ecclesia we are meant to affect, influence, and inject the world below with Kingdom policies, lifestyle, and government.
Also, in this place, we give the Holy Spirit the right conditions to work and exhibit the Power of God in our lives, situations, and circumstances that will not only benefit us but the world at large.
When we take our stance by positioning ourselves in Heaven, we bring ourselves in alignment with the Holy Spirit to powerfully manifest God’s intentions, His will, and Kingdom in Heaven on the Earth.
Ebimobo W. Obasi
PLEASE PRAY ALONG:
A Prayer of Thanks for Eternal Life!
FATHER GOD, eternal life begins the moment I choose a relationship with You. As I follow You, please help me to have an eternal mindset. Please position me aright with a focus on your Kingdom. Guide me, and give me the wisdom to know how to prepare for eternity in my daily life. In JESUS MIGHTY NAME AMEN!