In our lives, we work to successfully …
Position ourselves in our industry.
Position ourselves in our workplace.
Position ourselves in our retirement fund or stock mix.
Position ourselves in our network.
Position ourselves in our community.
I saw it again over the past few weekends—men positioning themselves in a very different way—coming together to take in Biblical teaching for the purpose of lifechange. They carved out of their very busy schedules, a few hours of intentional, dedicated time to be with other like-minded men and hear God’s heart for their lives.
As a result, many of them made some decisions to follow Jesus in deeper ways, to end some sin, to get some things right that were wrong, to forgive even if it seemed impossible, and many committed to start meeting together in small groups to tackle all of the above on a regular basis. To realize the truth of Mark 10:27—“all things are possible with God.” How many “things” are possible? The easy ones? The simple ones? Nope. All “things.” Even the ones that we have convinced ourselves are impossible. The key words in that verse are not “possible” or “impossible,” but “with God.”
The question today is: how often do we intentionally position ourselves to hear the truth?
Not the pleasant truth or the happy truth or the “be really nice about this” truth or the feel-good truth, but the “because I need to change into the image of Jesus” truth.
Letting someone polish us to look shiny feels great and we’re always up for that. Sanding off rough edges hurts real bad in the moment and is never going to be fun. But which one actually brings change in us?
If you, on a regular basis, position yourself to hear truth for you, then way to go. If it has been a long time, maybe its time to find a place to sit in that chair for a few hours or on a regular basis. For 95% of us, that does not happen on Sunday mornings. For 95% of us, including me, it needs to happen at minimum, once a month somewhere.
But what about positioning for truth? Where are you getting the truth about you? Where are you placing yourself that actually promotes change? Where are you in a teachable position?
Look, a righteous king is coming! And honest princes will rule under him. Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a parched land. Then everyone who has eyes will be able to see the truth, and everyone who has ears will be able to hear it. —Isaiah 32:1-3 NLT