Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Our Perfect Posture

Psalms 95:6
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
2 Samuel 6:14-15
And David danced before the Lord with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn.
Matthew 26:6-13
Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table.  And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?  For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.”  But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me.  For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.

The definition of posture is the way in which you pose your body. This could be a variety of things such as standing, sitting or kneeling. It could also mean your attitude. You know, eye rolling, hands on your hips, crossing arms, that sort of thing. The posture of your heart is your attitude. How is it expressed? Through your body language.

Your worship posture reflects admiration and respect to God. The bible describes different ways to worship and praise God. Which includes kneeling and lifting hands up. This reveals humility and honor. The bible tells about how David danced before the Lord and the woman in Bethany that gave Jesus precious perfume. David’s dancing showed the joy in his heart and the woman in Bethany showed selflessness.

Another illustration is the story of Jesus. He lived a holy life before He was arrested and crucified. Jesus alone took on all of the consequences for every sin ever committed. He showed perfect posture. He was mocked and ridiculed yet He remained quiet. He never complained about carrying the heavy wooden cross on His back. His arms spread out with vulnerability and he never tried to hang on to His life. This posture showed humility, compassion, selflessness, patience and unconditional love.

What does your posture look like and do you ever think about the impact it makes when you are with others?

As a wife, you have the chance to show that same posture as Christ did toward your husband. Your attitude toward your husband plays a huge role in your communication with him. You can choose to be selfish and disrespectful through your body language or you can choose to let your posture show humility, compassion, selflessness, patience, and unconditional love. By choosing the second option, you will win your husband over with true love and fill your home with peace. You will also provide and atmosphere for intimacy This is a choice that you will have to make daily.

Challenge: The next time you are with your husband, check your posture. If it doesn’t reflect Christ, take a moment to pray and make an adjustment.

What is God teaching you?

1. What positive and negative postures have you expressed towards you husband lately?

2. What affects your attitude?

3. By reflecting Christ’s posture, how can if benefit your marriage?

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