Position Available

June 01, 2012

“The man with the antiserum is only as successful as his being available to the man with the snakebite.”


This blog, we’ll be working through the character issue of “Availability.” We need to be able to apply this character trait to our lives in light of the fact that our day has created distance. Availability is defined by Webster as, “At hand or accessible, capable of being used or gotten.”
The Bible defines it this way, “The Lord came and stood there, calling as at other times, ‘Samuel, Samuel!’ Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’” 1 Sam. 3:10
Being available is more than a case of wishful thinking or good intention. God’s word warns us that faith without works is dead. Availability is a matter of being where God wants you at the exact moment of a need. Here is a dirty little secret. The busier we become in pursuit of our stuff, the less available we are to do any of God’s stuff.
There are so many things that keep us from being able to hear and obey God’s voice. One of those things is position.
I have coached quite a few young basketball players in the art of playing effective offense and being ready to score. The trick is to set your feet in a position of readiness. In other words, a player has to be ready to catch the basketball while facing the basket. Ephesians 6 talks about the armor of God. Here is what it says about positioning.
“15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” 

Being available is considered a part of the way we are protected from Satan’s schemes. That concept makes me ask, “Protect us from what?”
I think that one of those schemes today is to keep us wrapped up in our own plans. God’s will, can be consumed by our own desires. Matthew 22:1-10 is the story of the king who prepared a tremendous feast. When he invited others to attend they had other things to do. The end result is that the friends who were originally invited missed the party. Availability protects us from a fruitless spiritual walk.

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