“With: Reimagining the way you relate to God” is a book written by Skye Jethani. It is a interesting book on our posture before God. Posture is very critical, the way we approach God gives insight into how we live. Skye’s point is that we have more than likely been living in four postures that are incorrect but quite common among Christians. His alternate, and certainly much more correct stance is one where we live ‘with’ God.
Life from God is a stance where we seek God’s blessings and gifts. We hope that he might bless our business but play little role in our lives outside of the gracious gift giver.
Life over God is the savvy pastor aware of good management practices, key leadership principles and a master of organizational policies. This person focuses on proven formulas and predictable outcomes in lieu of prayer and an unpredictable God.
Life for God is probably the most celebrated position amongst evangelical circles. It is the goal of doing as much for God as possible. Our goal is to accomplish great things in God’s service. We gear our lives around figuring the best way to serve God.
Life under God sees God as a simple cause-and-effect idea. We obey, he blesses. We mess up, he punishes. Our goal is to stick to the guidelines, work out what he approves and work vigilantly to live within those boundaries. This has consequences when God proves not to be a simple as cause-and-effect.
Finally we have a posture that sees us living life with God. That posture includes life with God, Faith, Hope and Love. Finding ourselves communing with God in a deeper more truer sense of the word. This position seems to have the best parts of all four postures with enough faith freedom to allow God to be himself. It is centrality lies for me in release of control and self to God. To steal a formula from another currently popular book Jesus + Nothing = Everything.
Skye’s book ‘With’ is a good book that is well worth a read. Especially as a Pastor it provided some really helpful insight on my posture and attitude before God.