It is an interesting thing in Scripture to observe where certain people were left. We first read of them being in a certain position and we never read of them moving from that position. You may say I am pushing a perspective unnecessarily here since they inevitably moved from that position in order to carry on with life. And yet I believe there is a beautiful spiritual nuance involved here which can help us as regards to where we remain in our lives.
The Man Born blind in John 9. We last read of him as follows: Then the man said, ‘Lord, I believe,’ and he worshipped him (John 9:38). We never read of him leaving his worship of our Lord Jesus. That is where the account of the biblical record leaves him. It is a good place to be left and to never leave. Are we always in that place? It is something of the implication of Romans 12:1-2 that we should be always in that place and never departing. Paul’s instruction here is to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship (Rom. 12:1b). Let us never leave the place of worship.
The sheep in Luke 15. We last read of the sheep – And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders (Luke 15:5). The sheep is never taken from the shepherds shoulders. The shoulder speaks of the strength of the shepherd. The shepherd is always caring for the sheep. It is a blessed thing to be never taken from the shepherd’s shoulders. This reminds us of the keeping power of our caring God. We are not on a warrior’s shoulders, but on a shepherd’s shoulders; The Shepherd’s shoulders. And we will never be taken from them; praise the Lord!
John in Revelation 1. The last place we read of for John is, When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead (Rev. 1:17). He never gets up from the feet of Jesus. In fact all of his receiving and writing took place at the feet of His Lord. Is this not a key message for us? It is to remain at the feet of Jesus. When we are at His feet all self-righteousness and pushing forward of self is finished. It is the humble place to be. It is there that we can be most effectively used in the service of the Lord.
Always worshipping, always on His shoulders and always at the feet of Jesus. Now that represents a life worth living.