I was at the wedding of a close family friend on Monday of this week. It was a great day and the wedding service itself was just beautiful. I’m one of these people who has a tendency to either totally tune in to an occasion like this…or drift off into my own wee world. This service had me engrossed. From the marriage ceremony itself through the readings, prayers and music I was tuned in. A message was given and the girl who was speaking shared 4 points – actually 4 positions that she believed would be good for the new husband and wife to adopt. I believe these four positions are not just good for marriage but for our walk as Christians and how we interact with our fellow believers and the world around us. I shared this with my small group on Wednesday night (so sorry if you’ve heard this before!) but well worth us all thinking about:
1. Face Down – we should always have time in our lives when we are just face down in worship before God – totally in awe of Him, looking to Him always, praising Him and giving Him thanks and honour and glory. Face Down.
2. Face-to-Face – we need to spend time with fellow believers who we trust and get face-to-face talking about our lives and our faith. We need to share. We need to be accountable. We need this fellowship and interaction in order for us to grow as followers of Jesus. Face-to-face.
3. Side-by-side – we need to stand together with other believers. We need to walk this journey side-by-side…supporting, encouraging, holding each other up. Through bad times and good. Never alone. Side-by-side.
4. Back-to-back – we need to stand back-to-back. This is a position in which we can defend each other from enemy attack (hence the Mr & Mrs Smith pic!), from all the stuff that is being thrown at us. But it is also a position from which we can look out – look out into the world around us – a world of pain and brokeness. A world for which our hearts must break. Standing back-to-back and looking out will give us a perspective again that we are ‘on mission’. That we aren’t simple to stay in our wee Christian groups but we are to be outward looking all the time. Back-to-back.