When I was in high school, we had an ongoing joke that whenever someone did something ridiculous, we would tell them to “assume the position” so that we could give them the appropriate beat down. In other words, because of your actions, there would be a price to pay. This was long before the days of hazing and bullying, in fact, if I recall, most of the time it was just a phrase spoken in jest, with no real repercussions.
I was reminded of a scripture this morning that prompted my recollections of assuming the position. Haven’t you noticed here lately, that many times the scripture is so counter-cultural! It’s really quite a shame isn’t it! Our country (USA) was founded upon biblical principles and concepts, yet now, we’re at a place where culture is no longer running parallel with the scripture, but perpendicular. With rarely an intersection to ever occur.
Nevertheless, the idea of Luke 18:14 really challenges the philosophy of our day. The second part of this verse reads: “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Wouldn’t you agree? Our Western culture definitely is not interested in assuming the position of humility. We live in a day where we feel the urge to promote ourselves, to elevate ourselves, instead of allowing God to do the elevating and exalting.
I’m not advocating that we should live life, void of any ambition, I’m just wondering if we spent more time assuming the position of humility and service, if we would allow God to do the elevating and promoting instead of us. To be quite honest with you, I have observed that what God ordains, God sustains. So today, I realize it’s not glamorous, but assume the position of humility, and let God do what He does best…create!