One of the things I talk to people about is their body language. You can covey a lot of meaning without saying a word simply by your posture. An open body posture, where the hands are at your side and you’re facing the other person, tells them you’re open and receptive to what they’re telling you. A closed posture, where your arms are folded and you body is slightly turned away, conveys that you are not open to what they have to say. There are the two I want to focus on today.
What is your body language toward God? Are you open and receptive to all He wants to do in your life or are you closed off towards Him? Don’t answer too quickly. The natural human nature answer is to say we are open, but how often are we willing to stay in the center of God’s will when it includes pruning or shaping? How often do we give God full autonomy over our life to do with as He wants?
Often we are like a two year old child who has been told to do something they don’t want to. Our arms are folded, our bottom lip is out, and we turn away when God is asking us to do something we do t want to. Look no further than Jonah if you need an example of this behavior. God won’t always use a large fish to swallow us in order to get repentance from us though. He often patiently waits for us as He tries to build us into the person He wants us to be. He’s waiting for us to be open and receptive to all He wants to do.
Jude 1:20-21 says, “But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!” (MSG) We are to have an open posture towards God, staying in His will, as we are being built into our most holy faith. We need to unfold our arms before God so we can receive from Him what He wants to do in our lives. We need to change our posture if we really want to grow.