There is a big difference between those who take up ground and those who take ground.
Those who take up ground like to stay safe and do nothing more than remain in the space they’ve always occupied. Space fillers don’t need to have any real substance. They aren’t required to break out of the status quo or step out of the natural into the supernatural because there is an expectation that things will always be as they have always been.
There was once a man who refused to live as a space filler. King Jehoshaphat resister the temptation to fall into line with popular culture or give into the pressure of his peers, and made the courageous decision to take ground instead of taking up ground:
‘His heart was courageous in the ways of the Lord. And furthermore, he took the high places and the Asherim out of Judah’ – 2 Chronicles 17:6 (ESV)
Jehoshaphat did not only follow the Lord, but was courageous in the way he followed the Lord. There is a great difference between a privately practiced confession of faith and a publicly visible demonstration of faith. Jehoshaphat put his faith into action by taking ground instead of filling the space he inherited from his father. He extended himself beyond the boundaries to remove the idol worship that was destroying the nation he was called to serve.
Just like Jehoshaphat we also have the choice to either take ground or take up ground. Authentic faith will always result in action that takes ground in our own lives and in the lives of others. Living faith always moves us out of the private place of worship into the public arena of battle.
But there remains a risk even for those who have taken ground. After finally occupying the ground we fought so hard to take, we can easily slip into complacency and once again find ourselves amongst those who have settled for taking up ground instead of taking ground.
Refuse to be a space filler. Let your faith be of such substance that you no longer simply take up ground, but take the ground that is rightfully yours!