What is the “posture” of a Christian today? Is it bringing about God’s kingdom? Is it about doing His will; practicing one’s faith; or just continuing to “show up” in faithfulness? Ideally it is a way of being that never even thinks about “posturing” but includes all of the above.
I am still profoundly stunned and moved by the “posture” of the little old Jewish lady who loved God and fashioned her life around doing His will and keeping His laws but who did not believe in an after-life. I cannot help but think that the posture of not worrying or not focusing on an after-life and its rewards or punishments is the posture that should be cultivated and nourished by all Christians as well.
If the heavenly carrot was not dangled in front of us would we still be concerned with loving God and our neighbor? Would we follow His will and practice our faith? The only reason to do so would be out of love for God and recognition of His great love for us. It is difficult to love God without heaven getting in the way, but it is clear to me that this is the love of purest form.
The posture of a Christian thus should be doing good things for people because this is what You did, and we love You. You have shown us the way we are to live. Heaven is You and others. The “gates” have been opened. Our posture should be to love and follow the God now who beckons everyone to Himself – not to a later place called “heaven.”