By Jason Jimenez
Standing is a posture that embodies many things. We stand to be seen. We stand to show respect. And we stand up after a fall. Standing is a powerful posture.
That’s why Paul encouraged the Christians in his day to “stand firm in their faith” (1 Corinthians 16:13). Notice. Paul didn’t charge Christians to sit down or lay down in their faith. That would imply an inactive or weak faith. Christians are not called to sit back and do nothing. We are commanded by God to stand. To stand for truth. To stand for what is right. To stand and make a difference.
People who stand up are those who won’t stand for nothing. They are passionate pursuers to change lives that will ultimately change the world. Paul’s message back then still applies today.
So what’s it to you? Are you standing for Christ? Or are you just sitting around doing nothing?
We live in a time when so many Christians say they are followers of Jesus. Yet, these same Christians find it difficult standing up for Christ. However, the Christian life is a battle. We are at war over so many things. Satan. Our sinful desires. A fallen world that opposes itself against God. Therefore, as we live out our faith—we are to always be prepared for whatever battle comes our way. Or to put it succinctly, we (Christians) are to stand strong. Paul writes, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand strong against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). Elsewhere, Peter tells the persecuted Christians in his day to resist the devil and to “be strong in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world” (1 Peter 5:9).
You see, no matter what you are facing right now, God will give you the strength to stand in the midst of it. It’s not a crippled stand. But a stand that says I got this because God has me. Let’s not kid ourselves. There are times we feel like giving up. But, no matter how many times we feel like giving up, God never gives up on each one of us. No matter if you feel lonely…abandoned…frustrated…doubtful…hurt—God will give you the strength needed to stand in the raging storm.
Things will get tough. Sometimes extremely tough. But despite the trial, doubt, turmoil, or fear—there is nothing in this world that can separate you from the love of God. God is your fortress. It is God who is your defense. He is the Rock that you can stand on. And so whatever the challenge you face, if your faith is rooted strongly in the Lord…you will persist. You will keep on standing.
So today, and every day for that matter, turn to the Lord for strength. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to fill you as you apply the truths found in the Word of God.
Take a stand.