Standing, in our culture, is considered an act of respect and commendation. When a judge enters the court room, everyone stands. At a graduation procession, everyone stands. And in a worship service at church, everyone stands.
10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[b]
12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
Besides sin, all of humanity holds this in common. One day we will all stand before God (v. 10). Each of us will give an account of ourselves to God (v. 12). Yet we also have something else in common: We will all bow before before God as we acknowledge Him.
For a while now, I’ve held on to the hope that in Heaven, I will no longer experience pain in standing, walking, or running. I have often turned to Isaiah 40:29-31 for literal encouragement.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and strengthens the powerless.
30 Youths may faint and grow weary,
and young men stumble and fall,
31 but those who trust in the Lord
will renew their strength;
they will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary;
they will walk and not faint.
However, now I’m realizing that whether or not this passage literally plays out doesn’t change my hope; whether or not I’m able to actually “run and not grow weary,” or “walk and not faint,” doesn’t matter. What matters is that I will be in the presence of the One who is truly the Healer of my soul.
The act of standing before God is something to anticipate. But who’s to say that we’ll be able to stand? Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and soaked in the words of His message and the joy of His presence (Luke 10:39). Saul fell down at the sight of Jesus at his conversion (Acts 9:4). And “the 24 elders fall down before the One seated on the throne” (Revelation 4:10).
I personally feel that the ability to stand is often taken advantage of by most people. I used to be bitter over the fact that I am less capable of standing without pain than other people. But now God is showing me that the ability to sit (or stand or lay flat on my face) in His presence is truly a gift. The joy of being in the presence of God should be enough to satisfy me.
So because Jesus stood before the Roman soldiers and received the punishment we deserve, “we have also obtained access through Him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:2).