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Do you own your chair in church?

Updated on May 1, 2013

Just back from the church setting out the chairs for tomorrow, which we do each Saturday, and holding the thoughts God gave me whilst arranging the seating.

Dave our pastor likes them in precise positions, a flashback to his Scandinavian ancestry and penchant for order!

So with Gods sense of humour He gives me, the most disorderly member of the body, the task of bringing strict order to our Sunday service chairs!

Anyhow, whilst doing this I reflected that I could just as easily put name tags on most of them, for the same positions are taken each week by the same people, and only the visitors seem to vary where they sit, and even then I could put name tags for them.

So what tags would I have....?

Well in the front row I'd put down Mr and Mrs Leader, who came to us after many years of service in dead Anglican churches in the UK, and at first tried to install order into our body, but over the years have relaxed enought to roll gently with the ebb and flow of the church.

Behind them, probably in an unplanned respect for the Leaders position, sit Mr and Mrs ExCatholic Leader, a great couple who came to us from their Catholic background to see what their little sister had got involved with, and stayed, bringing in the rest of their family.

They live ordered lives also (must be the leadership) but are also very flexible, and hear very clearly from the Lord, mainly because they listen more than they speak.

Over to the right sits 'Martha', not her real name but a good indicative, for she like Martha spends more time serving others than she does sitting at the Lords feet and receiving.

Beside her sits our blind prophetess, who now sees more than the rest of us; since she lost her sight.

George sits behind her, and watches, he watches because he is mainly deaf, and like may deaf folk dislikes his hearing aids. However living with silence makes one very introspective, and George is there in the kitchen of the coffee shop most days, washing up, which is an insular activity. He's our oldest member at 86 years young.

Each chair tells a story, and each story has a different walk with God, and each walk guides people with their own tasks to perform.

It would be a delight if one Sunday I arrived and the same people were in differing chairs, but then again maybe those chairs are where God put them in any case, and their task is to stay where they are best positioned to serve God.

I have in prior times made everyone chose a different chair, first thing in the service on Sunday, one they had not sat in before, and with somebody next to them they had never sat beside, but that was when I was busy trying to shake them out of their conformity....into my conformity, but we have all aged since then, and I realise that where they sit is not important, what is important is that wherever they sit they can expect to see the power of God in our services and to hear the word of God clearly and without prevarication.

We never know where or when God will require us to do 'our bit' for the kingdom, and it is a random thing. It may be that we get used to bring Gods word to others more than most, but normally that's because we hang out looking to be used.

If you walk the streets looking for red cars, you will see more than those who travel on the train, obviously.

But wherever God places you there is someone to be reached, and God will place us where we can be most effective, be that on the train or street.


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    • caretakerray profile image

      Ray Van Hoff 

      11 years ago from Michigan U.S.A.


      Great hub! Isn't it amazing how the creater teaches us? :)

      thanx caretakerray

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      11 years ago

      God told me to sit on my bicycle seat.

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      Dave Mathews 

      11 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Brother John this one reminds me never to think myself to above the others as to humbly take on the most insignificant of tasks my God can ask of me as a Christian, because God feels it important or he would not ask it of me.

      Brother Dave.

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      Faye Constantino 

      11 years ago from Florida

      John, I truly loved this hub! I loved the video, I loved the laying out of chairs. The Hub I write today will be no brilliant piece like this. I had mulled it over in my mind last night, knowing it was one I have to write. Ironically it has to do with chairs.

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      Michael Shane 

      11 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Interesting Hub! I had to pull up a chair....

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      11 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Thanks JD, couldn't find a video of Carman putting an atheist into the light of Christ! - but the essence is the same.

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      Judah's Daughter 

      11 years ago from Roseville, CA

      I enjoyed this hub very much, and loved Carmen's video!! His testimony is quite powerful and I love the way he put that witch, deceived by darkness, into the light of Jesus. AMEN!!!

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      11 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Hi djbraman,

      "humble ourselves to such simple tasks" brings many rewards, most of my hubs are written in the head when I'm cleaning the school our daughter is at.

      We exchange cleaning for school fees and that was a humbling experience to start with, because a year earlier I had been rich and very nearly famous! (joking) then BLAM.... God takes it all away and living becomes a faith trip again.... and it's good!

      Never underestimate the power of a good humbling!


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      11 years ago

      This made me laugh so hard, because it is so true. Church folks behavior can be so comical. It makes you wonder how the Lord is looking down viewing us. I'm going to have to book mark this one. Only a person God uses to arrange the seats could have gained such discernment. How the Lord does teach us so much when we can humble ourselves to such simple tasks as arranging seats or any work that does not bring self into focus or rewards by man. A thumbs up this one!

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      11 years ago

      Great hub !!! Thanks !!!

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      11 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      A delightful message strewed with humor and truth. I believe with you that wherever we are, we can serve Him in ways He reveals to us.

      "I have in prior times made everyone chose a different chair, first thing in the service on Sunday, one they had not sat in before, and with somebody next to them they had never sat beside, but that was when I was busy trying to shake them out of their conformity....into my conformity."

      This is a powerful statement as I feel some of us who have not matured in the faith, desire conformity to our own way of thinking and doing, which often times hinders God's use of others in the way He chooses.

      The video was marvelously edifying. I pray the Lord always keep me firm in His grace and power so enabling me to stand firm against the wiles of evil one.

      Thank you AS. This was a wonderful Sunday morning meditation for me.

      Forever His,

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      11 years ago from Canada

      Great Hub aguasilver, I loved how the "chairs" became the body of Christ...What a great picture for us all...I also liked the way what may be deemed a "useless" person in the secular world was fitted exactly for God wanted them to be doing in His world. There are no wasted people or places...

      Thanks for this...may I see people different tomorrow as I stand to choose which chair I will occupy.

      Blessings to you


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      Unchained Grace 

      11 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      There's a lot more than just chairs and the labelling thereof in this Hub. Aquasilver, I know God spoke to you about this Hub. There is a strong primary and secondary message, though guess what? I'm gonna keep my mouth shut and see who picks up on them.

      Great Hub! The symbolism is excellent!


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