Seats and seated

There are many different types of “seats” … a few examples are … a bar stool, saddle, armchair, ejection seat, sofa, bucket seat, bench seat, folding seat, wheelchair, and throne. Here is this week’s story …

This past weekend Mother and I got to thinking that it was time for us to purchase another vehicle. Because our ten-year-old Jeep had been dependable in “her” performance and had served our needs so well (and was still dependable) … we initially thought we’d purchase another Grand Cherokee Jeep. However, by the time Monday morning rolled around we were both hankering for something different and decided we’d buy a four-door sedan.

Monday afternoon we visited a local car dealership to test drive some vehicles. Three hours later, we said farewell to our beloved Jeep and welcomed a 2015 white four-door sedan into our lives. The drive home in our new car was bittersweet because we truly missed our Jeep (and still do).

Mother and I are still adjusting to the “feel” of the sedan … how it handles on the highway and how we feel sitting in the seats. In the Jeep we “sat up high”. In the sedan, our butts feel “low to the ground”. Don’t get me wrong, the sedan has comfortable seats, I especially like the seats’ lumbar support … it’s just taking us a while to get accustomed to sitting low. Truthfully, it’s a much bigger adjustment than I thought it would be. I never realized how much I liked being able to look someone in the eyes at a drive-through window.

Yesterday we pulled up at a bank’s drive-through window to make a deposit and instead of being able to look the teller in the eyes while I talked to her (as I did in the Jeep) … I was stuck with looking up her nostrils. To top it off, Mother was sitting in the passenger’s seat and she unhappily exclaimed, “All I can see inside the bank are the ceiling tiles. Used to I could see the tellers and the customers.”

After leaving the bank we decided to get something to eat before heading back home. After placing our order for two country ham biscuits at our favorite fast food restaurant, we pulled up at the drive-through window to retrieve our order. Again, I was stuck with looking up a pair of nostrils. Yet when the restaurant’s employee reached out the window to hand the bag of food to me … it was obvious that she could effortlessly see me and Mother and not just see us … but look “down on us” and see everything that was inside our car. I’m telling you nothing was hidden from her view. This would not have been possible had we been in the Jeep.

In life’s big picture the way Mother and I feel seated in our new car is of very little importance. What is important in life’s big picture is how Mother and I as Christians … and you (if you’ve received Jesus as your Savior) are seated in Christ Jesus in heavenly places. We must never take our seat in Christ Jesus for granted. Rather we should use the authority and power we have in Jesus to do good works and to live our lives victoriously here on earth.

“But God, being [so very] rich in mercy, because of His great and wonderful love with which He loved us, even when we were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of our sins, He made us [spiritually] alive together with Christ (for by His grace—His undeserved favor and mercy—you have been saved from God’s judgment). And He raised us up together with Him [when we believed], and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, [because we are] in Christ Jesus, [and He did this] so that in the ages to come He might [clearly] show the immeasurable and unsurpassed riches of His grace in [His] kindness toward us in Christ Jesus [by providing for our redemption].

“For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation]. For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].”—Ephesians 2:1-10 (AMP)

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