Monday, August 13th, 2012
Positioning (Part 1: Location, Location, Location)
And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?
Esther 4:14 (NIV)
Harness the horses, mount the steeds! Take your positions with helmets on! Polish your spears, put on your armor!
Jeremiah 46:4 (NIV)
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)
In real estate, the golden ticket is location, location, location. A bad house in a good neighborhood sells better than a good house in a bad neighborhood. Consider the rent for a nook in Manhattan compared to a house in the suburbs.
In retail, location not only drives customers to your door but it helps determine how much money they may spend. Rodeo Drive and Fifth Avenue attract a different set of shoppers than a busy road with strip malls.
In sports, location is called 'position.' Being in position at the right time helps you catch the pass, break the tackle, grab the rebound, steal the base, capture the queen, block the goal, or edge out a stronger opponent.
In studying the movements of Jesus (particularly in John chapters 7 and 8), God directs our eyes to The King's key positions: low, middle, and high--but also when, where, and how He enters each play. The most important 'play' Book in the world is open to us. We're invited to learn how to move from the Master Strategist.
Which brings us to the positioning of actors, models, and talent for Christ. God's performers seek entry into the playing fields of entertainment. Most run on practice fields: smaller areas with smaller audiences. While there, performers grow 'In wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and men' (Luke 2:52)--like Jesus did.
Each player's length of time in the 'minor leagues' is determined by God. We don't have to read long to see that top stars spent years doing 'grunt work' before being called up to the majors.
Bible heroes had dreams, visions, and promises of big stages and starring roles, but they varied in their reaction to waiting for the fulfillment of their dreams. Abraham got pushed. Isaac got desperate. Joseph got busy. Jeremiah got sad. David got depressed. Jesus got it right.
It's all about positioning.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Positioning series.