I have an odd pet peeve – I am a grown adult, and I hate when someone tells me to move seats. I do not like losing the ability to choose where I want to sit. I love that the movie theatre near my house allows me to choose where I sit when I enjoy a movie. I love that planes allow me to choose if I want the window or an aisle. A waitress can win me over from moment one if she just asks me, “Booth or table?” I actually have a desired place at the dinner table as well, but it seems my children switch the assigned seating every few days, so I begrudgingly submit to them out of reverence for Christ. For me, where I sit matters.
Give Psalm chapter 110 a read at some point today. Do not make excuses; it is only seven verses! In the 110th Psalm, we see in two different verses (again, it is a seven verse Psalm) the notion of where we should be sitting and where the Lord sits. Both times it is to the right of God. Psalm 110:1 says, “The Lord says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.’” Verse five reiterates, “The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.” In both these verses, it tells us that we should sit to God’s right, and He sits on our right. God is both king and servant. He is the One who deserves the utmost honor and yet honors others.
This is an amazing concept if one understands the importance of sitting to the right of someone. If you are sitting to the right of someone, that person is recognizing the one to the right with dignity and honor of sitting, hence the term “right-hand man.” During the martyrdom of Stephen in the Book of Acts chapter seven, there is the fulfillment of this prophecy. At the moment of Stephen’s last breath, he looks to the heavens and says, “And he said, ‘behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God’” (Acts 7:56). There are many ideas as to why Jesus was not sitting at this moment, and I tend to believe it was Jesus standing out of respect for watching His faithful servant Stephen being killed by rocks because he was preaching the truth about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet, here we see Jesus at the right hand of the Father.
Stephen was obedient to the calling God put on his life. While I cannot say that you were called for such a fate as him, I also cannot say that you are not. The reality is sitting at the right hand of a king was a place reserved for trusted and obedient servants.
So on what side is Jesus going to ask you to sit?