I’m Still Standing

Connecting Points

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Current Study: Advent

Today’s Topic:  I’m Still Standing

Scripture Reading:  1 John 3:1  How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

All I was doing was putting on my socks. I did it the same way I do every morning. I don’t know what happened. By the time I got to the kitchen for my bowl of Frosted Mini Wheats and my coffee, I couldn’t stand up straight. I am currently experiencing the kind of lower back pain that blurs the vision. It is sapping my strength.

As I sit here at my desk I wonder if I’ll be able to get out of my chair. Getting out of the car was a struggle. One of the many well-conditioned muscles :) of my back has decided to cramp up and I don’t know how to uncramp it. I am sitting differently. I look goofy when I stand. (Stop it. I know I look goofy anyway. And don’t make me laugh because it hurts too much.) It’s probably obvious that the pain is affecting my ability to think and write.

Even though the pain has changed my physical positioning, it is not affecting my permanent position as a son of the Most High God. Hallelujah for that. Pain can’t stop love, and the love of God has been lavished on us. King David knew about this love when he wrote this in Psalm 36:

How priceless is your unfailing love!

Both high and low among men find  refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; 

you give them drink from your river of delights.  For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

The Apostle Paul declared that by the power of God’s love our position in Christ is eternally secure.

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)

Paul also wrote that the power of God’s love is what put us in that permanent position in the first place.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,   made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.   And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,   in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-7)

When trouble comes; when pain increases; when strength is sapped and needs to be replenished, follow the advice of Ephesians 3:16-19.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,   so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,   may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,   and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

I’ve been lavished with love by my heavenly Father. The pain in my back, or pains in the neck, can’t change His love for me or my stand in Him. So I’m going to have a “count-it-all-joy” party today, knowing that Jesus is teaching me the depths of His love so that I can be filled to the brim with the fullness of God. Anybody want to come to the party?

Pastor John