I am so delighted to introduce you to my friend, Heather Holleman. We've been writing friends for several years through TheHighCalling.org, and she is author of the new book, Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison. ENTER BELOW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN HER BOOK! Her book and her words below are a breath of fresh air. So many women long for the "best seat" when right now, they are seated at the Greatest Table with the Greatest King. Welcome, Heather.
The Best Seat in the House
By Heather Holleman
A single verb in scripture changed everything about me. In Ephesians 2:6, Paul writes, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” I read this and kept repeating that verb seated. How could Paul feel that he was seated in the heavenly realms when he was writing this truth from his seat in a cold, dark Roman prison cell?
And what did it mean that I was “seated” too?
I knew that I wasn’t living like someone who had a seat at the table. I lived as one fighting for a seat at the table. I wanted the best seat in the house, and that seat came in many different forms: the seat of appearance, the seat of affluence, and the seat of achievement. It never mattered what my circumstances were; I always wanted a different, better seat. I kept waiting for an invitation for the best seat, the seat that would finally bring me life.
If only I were beautiful!
If only I could sit with the wealthy!
If only I could have a seat among the prestigious people!
But when I read that little verb in Ephesians 2:6, Jesus dispelled the darkness and longing inside of me. I read that I was already seated at the Greatest Table with the Greatest King. I had everything I needed right here with Jesus.
Instead of obsessing over my appearance, I could adore the King and radiate His love. Instead of idolizing affluence, I learned that seated people have access to all the riches of God’s kingdom. Finally, seated people stop exhausting themselves with achievement because they simply abide and inevitably live out the “good works prepared in advance” for them to do as promised in Ephesians 2:6.
I could stop fighting for the best seat because I was already there.
My whole family has changed because of this “seated” reality. When my middle school daughter experienced rejection from the popular girls’ lunch table, we read Ephesians 2:6 and knew that God chose her for His royal table. Jesus wanted her there, and she could walk into that lunchroom knowing she was seated at the most important table in the universe. When we battle jealousy or comparison (often on a daily basis), we apply the truth of being “seated.”
Our seat with Jesus is the best seat in the house, and we’re going to live the beautiful life He’s ordained for us. We don’t need to fight to belong or to earn our spots because we’re already at the table.
One quote I often share with my daughters and repeat to myself as I’m driving around in my old minivan and wishing for a different seat is this: “All seats provide equal viewing of the universe.”
This quote comes from the Hayden Planetarium Guide. As the children race into the planetarium for the best seat in the house, the guide calmly says, “All seats provide equal viewing of the universe.” There is no 'one best seat.' All seats are the best seats because no matter where you are, you have an equal chance to perceive the beauty of Christ and know His power and presence. Just as Paul knew this secret in the cold, dark prison, I let it settle into my heart that I’m finally in the seat I’ve been waiting for all my life.
Won’t you take your seat with me?
Find out more about this “seated” life in Heather’s new book, Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison. Three readers can win a copy. Enter by using the Rafflecopter below. (I will randomly draw the three winners and notify them next week.) Email subscribers click here to enter.
About the book:
Christians find themselves trapped in the rhetoric of platform, influence, retweets, and fame, they need a ladder out of the fray. Many of us live in a prison of self-absorption. Shackled with pride and despair, we compare ourselves to others constantly in our frantic, unending pursuit of perfection.
Seated with Christ gets to the root of this behavior and charts a path to freedom.
Scripture says that God’s beloved are seated with Christ in the heavens (Eph. 2:6), treasured by Him and given a place at His table. Heather Holleman unveils what this means for us. It means we walk out on the fight for acceptance. We quit measuring ourselves to others.We leap free from cycles of shame. Securely-seated people can ask themselves hard questions about their lives; they can deal with sin, grieve their losses, and move forward in hope. From a position of security and self-forgetfulness they can joyfully do the good works prepared for them uniquely. They can even celebrate the successes of others.
Seated with Christ is a deeply personal, liberating look at a glorious truth: that we have a place at God's eternal table.
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Heather Holleman, PhD, is the author of Seated With Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison. She is a speaker, writer, and college instructor and serves on the staff of Faculty Commons with Cru. Heather lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their two daughters. To learn more about Heather, visit her at http://livewithflair.blogspot.com/
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