“The disposition of sin is not immorality and wrong-doing, but the disposition of self-realization. When Our Lord faced men with all the forces of evil in them, and men who were clean living and moral and upright, He did not pay any attention to the moral degradation of the one or to the moral attainment of the other, He looked at something we do not see, the disposition.”
Oswald Chambers – My Utmost For His Highest
When the devil influenced Adam and Eve, the disposition of sin entered the human race. Man (human being) chose to claim his right to choose. The “I am in control of my own life” caused the compromise of humanity as God created it. Living by the tree of knowledge of good and evil rather than the Tree of Life results in sin—separation from God.
So how do we define disposition?
--a person’s inherent qualities of mind and character
--the usual attitude or mood of a person
--a tendency to act or think in a particular way
The prefix “dis” means
--means to do the opposite
--can also mean “not” such as in disloyal, dishonest, disinterested, disrespectful and so on.
So disposition in a spiritual concept can mean being in an opposite position than what God intends for us. The Amazing Grace of God that brought us forgiveness of sins went beyond that moment of our repentance. We were born again of the Spirit and were made new creatures. The Holy Spirit entered into our spirit and we were repositioned to where God always intended us to be. Seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus being changed from glory to glory.
When we engage in attitudes or thought patterns contrary to who we are in Christ, we take a position totally out of God’s desire for us. So how do we change our disposition? It takes more than us. Our part is surrender to the Lordship of Jesus. We are to live our lives in our position in Him. That means in our actions and attitudes regardless of what life throws at us.
I like what Oswald Chambers said further about disposition. “Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.”
I personally know from my own journey that it is a process. It is a day by day journey to surrender any rights I may think I have when life gets tough. The only right I have is to make the right choice and be led by the Spirit and walk in the disposition of Jesus. I am not only under Grace but it is God’s empowering presence in me that gives the ability to do what I cannot do in my own ability. It is always a matter of choice.
So today I choose to let God be in charge knowing that when I do, the willfulness of fallen human nature in me will remain crucified. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
~~~~From my to yours~~~~Andrea