She's A Keeper: Keep Your Position

Monday, January 23, 2012

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)

You may want to KEEP your seat for this one.

Immediately after being told to renew and transform their minds (v.2), the Roman church was instructed by Paul “not to think too highly than they ought to think.” Wait, wasn’t the first admonition good enough to bring their minds to humility? Shouldn’t being transformed produce an automatic change of thinking and renewing the mind erase pride?

How many people do you know that claim to be Christians, display characteristics of conceitedness, high-mindedness, or live as though they are better than others? Better yet, could that person you’re thinking of very well be YOU! Paul found great importance in stressing that even though they were Christians their thinking had flaws and their Position was off.

The church in Rome was probably comprised of Roman officials, members of high-ranking positions, the wealthy, and those eloquent in speech. That culture measured importance by status, titles, and talents yet Paul emphasized humility in mind, spirit, and position. No matter how advanced in rank they were, what counted in the church and to God was their Christian character. This applies to us today.

God notices the humble servant who doesn’t magnify him or herself based on material possessions. God doesn’t recognize social status He sees spiritual sanctification. Degrees obtained are nothing compared to devoted obedience. Your career is small potatoes if Christ can’t be seen through you. God sees past rank and looks at relationship. So, KEEP your Position. KEEP your seat…of humility. Paul laid out his resume several times in scripture (Acts 22:1-3, Philippians 3:4-8), yet he still considered all of it loss for the cause of Christ.

Nothing or no one is beneath us, but sin, and the scripture reminds us that “we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). That leaves no room to boast. Therefore, we should not treat others as if they are nothing if they do not possess the same qualities, education, or lifestyle that we have. Because God has given us all a limited portion of faith, KEEP your Position instead of thinking you’re better than your sister.

This may lead to treading on the dangerous ground of judging. So think soberly, with a right mind, which leads to the right life in Christ. We’ve ALL received the SAME gift from God, just in different measures. The gift of grace came straight from God’s heart into your life; you have not given it to yourself nor could you have created it by your own hands, so KEEP your Position in Christ in the seat of humility.

It seems hard because it looks like weakness. It may feel like you’re giving up your power or your voice. Rather, humility is the strength to yield when you want to continue. Humility is the ability to listen when you want to speak out. Humility is passing on the gift of grace and mercy, when you really want to get revenge. KEEPing your Position seated with Christ, rather than standing idle with the devil, glorifies God tremendously.

Jesus Kept His Position (Hebrews 5:8-9). Ruth Kept Her Position (Ruth 3:1-18). Today, we encourage you to keep your position. Because of grace, you are where you are right now for a reason. God can use you right here, right now, but you must be in the right Position. If you’re too high, there is no need for Him to exalt you, so humble yourself so He can use you.

Keep Your Position knowing that you are submitting to God, not being run over by man.
Keep Your Position knowing that you are humbling yourself so that Christ may be seen.
Keep Your Position knowing that you are receiving the greater exaltation from the Lord.

BE A KEEPER. Keep Your Position by placing yourself in the seat of humility.

Scriptures to Reflect on:

Proverbs 22:1-2, 4
Mark 8:31-38
Luke 1:41-55

Study Questions:

1) Have you ever looked down on others in order to make yourself feel or look good? When you recognized your error, did you immediately change? How so?

2) List out your worldly accomplishments and achievements (i.e., degrees obtained, brand names you buy, places you’ve traveled, etc.) If all those things were taken away, would you still feel worthy in Christ?

3) How can you be more humble in your heart, your mind, and your actions?


Thank you:

For each of you that have taken this journey with us, we thank you and are praying for you. As you are becoming the woman God has created you to be, we pray for your strength and faith to increase! Feel free to share your comments on "Keep Your Position" below. We'd love to hear from you! Also, share with others and encourage them to grow with us. If you are new to S.W.A.P. Ministries, you will find the previous 2 lessons of the She’s A Keeper series below.



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2 comments

  1. Good Morning,

    I just want to say thank you so much for the wonderful work you are doing.
    I am always so encourage and inspired when I read your emails.
    I have learned countless valuable lessons.
    I have come to a new level of spiritual maturity since I have been applying the lessons I have learned from your teachings.
    God is using you in a mighty way and I am so blessed to be part of it all.
    This year is a year of great things to come. I am really excited to see where God will be taking us.

    God Bless as you continue to be a Blessings to so many.

    Love you with the Love of Our Lord Jesus

    Jean vd Merwe

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    1. Good morning Jean!

      This is such a great time in the Lord, reading and applying His word! WE are so glad that you are growing with us; the read today was such a good one, encouraging, but yet may step on a couple of toes if we're honest :) We are thankful that what God is releasing through us is an aid to your spiritual maturity. IT humbles us so Christ can be seen.... We are praying with and for you that this year will be an awesome one for us all in the LORD!

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