The Most Amazing Place We Can Stand

In my lifetime I’ve stood in some interesting and amazing places: At the foot of Clingman’s Dome in Yosemite National Park, on an ancient mosaic floor in the Vatican, and on top of the Rock of Gibraltar. 

I’ve stood in hushed gratitude at the foot of each of my children’s cribs, stood in no small amount of pride at both of our sons’ military graduations, and stood in sober heartbreak next to the hospital bed of my friend’s dying husband.

I’ve stood at my kitchen sink washing countless dishes, stood at church singing countless worship songs, and stood on the hot summer asphalt in amazement when the name of Jesus stopped a loose pit bull from attacking me and my dog.

As a child I stood in filth, I stood in chaos, I stood staring into an empty refrigerator, and I stood in frightening insecurity.

I’ve stood and believed God even when all looked lost, stood up to the enemy’s lies, and stood for what is true and right in a morally corrupt world.

But until recently, I never truly comprehended where my faith allows me to stand. It’s not something I’ve pondered. So when I recently read this section of Scripture, my heart was flat blown away.

Because in all honesty I don’t come from a place of privilege. I come from the exact opposite place—a place of neglect. And though I’ve walked with the Lord for many years now, I’ve never seen this particular verse in the context framed for me by God’s Spirit on this particular day.

God’s Word declared—loud and clear—that I stand in a mind-blowing place of undeserved privilege.

And so do you.

Here’s the verse:

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. (Romans 5:1-2)

Because of our faith, Jesus Himself escorts us into a place of undeserved privilege. Isn’t that amazing? Jaw dropping? Glorious?

Say it out loud: I stand in a place of undeserved privilege!

When we stand in undeserved privilege we stand in God’s security, His strength, and His victory. We stand confidently looking forward to the day we will see Him face to face. We stand knowing we are truly known, accepted, loved, and cherished. We stand without wavering because He enables us. And we stand knowing who we really are in Christ because we believe His Word.

Wherever you have stood over the years, and wherever you currently stand, know this: If you are a woman of faith, Christ has brought YOU into this place of undeserved privilege.

It’s the most amazing place we can stand.

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1 comment:

Jackie Smith said...

Thank you for this Julie! It's a great blessing to me today!

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