The Position - The Moment
I can still hear the voice. "Foley! Play your position! Where's your head? What are you thinking? PLAY YOUR POSITION!"
The ball carrier ran right past me for a huge gain because I was out of position and was suckered into a blind side block. I was taken completely out of the play, and our coach, in his not-so-subtle way, was letting me know.
That happened a very long time ago, but I have never forgotten the lesson. I had become distracted from the responsibility of my position, and it carried a heavy price...I was rendered completely ineffective in that play.
Effectiveness in every area of your life depends upon you meeting the responsibilities of the roles you play...spouse, parent, friend, employer, employee, citizen. This study is about playing your position in the most effective way...on Jesus' terms.
So...what are those terms?
Jesus made it clear that the position he expected his followers to maintain is to be in his presence, to "remain in me." He went on to emphasize the result of being in position. . .fruitful, effective, influential, productive. Here is how he put it, "Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me." (John 15:4)
Lock this in. Everything you hope to accomplish effectively is dependent upon your being in that specific position . . . in the presence of Jesus.
This all has to start somewhere. It is important to understand that you are not born into the cycle. You are re-born into it. There is a moment in which you step into the cycle and into position defined as in the presence of Jesus. Give me 15 1/2 minutes of undivided listening, and I'll talk you through that moment.
Everything that follows is based upon your having experienced the moment in which God moved into your life creating a personal interactive relationship with you.
Stop here and work through some key points.
1. Have you experienced that moment?
2. If your answer is "not sure" or "no."
First, ask God to help you. Remember, this is simple. Something like this, "Jesus, I want a relationship with you, but I don't know how. Will you help me?" He will.
Second, listen to the recording again.
If you still need help, contact me. Information is at the bottom of this page.
It is the most important question you will ever face. Think through your answer carefully.
Yes. I am sure. On the basis of my personal interaction with God, I believe, and I am confident in my salvation and my relationship with Jesus.
I think I have had that experience, but I am not sure.
No. I have not had that experience.
If you got that settled, it's time to move to the next part of getting into the position.