What it Means to be Facedown (Ezekiel 42-44)

[The priests] are to teach my people the difference between the holy and the common… (Ezekiel 44:23)

To be facedown is an act of submission.  It communicates a sense of reverence for the one to whom you’re bowing.  From God’s perspective, the ultimate one to whom we should be in submission is Him.  We may want to submit ourselves to other people and things, but those must never take His place.  Those things are not holy; He is.

To be facedown before God is to place Him at the center of your life.  That means every decision, every conversation, and everything you do is in recognition of Him.  This may sound like a tall order, but when you understand who God is, you also understand why this is necessary.  Placing God at the center of everything gives our lives an entirely new focus.  Rather than being about us, our lives become about Him.

Likely there’s an area of your life that isn’t facedown before Him.  One of the great challenges of being a Christian is bringing all aspects of our lives under His care.  Spend a few moments now offering that thing (or those things) up to Him.  Ask Him to take control and to take over, and you’ll be amazed to see what He does.

Lord, in the midst of our humanness, it’s hard to submit our lives fully to You.  The strange thing is that, in submission, we find freedom.  Those things we cling to keep us from drawing nearer to You and experiencing the joy and peace that You want us to experience.  Please give us courage to fall facedown before You in an act of total submission to You.

 

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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