The other day, I was watching a recorded episode of the old M*A*S*H series. In this episode, Major Frank Burns has brought charges of mutiny against Capt. Hawkeye Pierce.
There is a hearing taking place that will determine if there is to be a trial or not. At the beginning of the hearing, the colonel presiding over the hearing has questioned Frank, Hawkeye, B.J., and has just sworn in Radar. The colonel asks Radar to sit down.
“Is this alright, sir?” Radar asks after sitting.
“Is what alright?”
“The way I’m sitted.”
“You’re sitted fine.”
In my quiet time, I was reading the devotion for the day in Streams in the Desert. The opening verses were Ephesians 2:4-6. It made me think of that M*A*S*H episode.
“But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (WEB)
What are those heavenly places? How are we sitted? If we were on trial, would the Lord say we’re sitted just fine?
Sure, we’re sitted at church on Sundays. We’re sitted somewhere in our home in the morning for quiet time. Maybe. We may even have sitted in spiritual highs, great times of praise or others.
But shouldn’t we have this sitted mindset throughout the day? Or do we forget it? Do we get up out of our seat and wander around, putting ourselves in jeopardy of being snagged by the world? Do we divert our focus away from the Lord to the world and get up out of our seated-position in Christ? Have we chosen to sit somewhere else?
Paul said the mighty power “that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms” (Eph. 1:20 NLT) is the same “greatness of His power toward us who believe.” (Eph. 1:19 NKJV)
The right hand is the hand of power. And we are seated with Him in His power “because we are united with Christ Jesus,” (Eph. 2:6b NLT) and “seated in the place of power at God’s right hand.” (Mark 14:62 NLT) We’ve been given power over the enemy (Luke 10:19), even from our sitted position.