In Him we LIVE and MOVE and 'HAVE' our BEING.

20140207-091839.jpgSitting around chanting “Kumbaya” while passing existential weed wrapped in bible paper is apparently how some think the church should “be.”

In essence, the thought is that Christians should be “doing” less and “being” more. It sort of a self deafeating proposition when you think about it. Encouraging others to simply “be,” requires action, or at least a shift in current action to some sort of non-action, which, is an action in and of itself.

It’s as if “Abiding in Christ” (John 15:4) were a passive thing.

Mankind, in general, but more specifically the church, lives and moves and ‘has’ its being or existence in God. To be fully human and fully Christian exhibits, at least, these three things. The Church, or members thereof, are to exemplify these three things, or shine as the optimum example of them.

“Living life,” is one part. “Moving,” is another. “Having our being, or existence in God is, or should be, a given which provides the backdrop for the other two.  Being sentient, self aware, or knowing that we “are,” is simply the recognition, to one degree or another, that we are created in God’s image. That being becomes more clear when every living person asks two primal questions;

“Who am I?

And

“Why am I here?” or “What is my purpose.”

John Gill says it this way,

“The natural life which men live is from God; and they are supported in it by him; and from him they have all the comforts and blessings of life; and all motions, whether external or internal, of body or of mind, are of God, and none of them are without the concourse of his providence, and strength assistance from him.”

God is the living, immanent principle of life, movement, and being in all people. If God is a missionary G0d, then by definition he is a moving God. As we conform to His image, we too will move like Him.  Silly statements like “Christians need to “be” more & “do” less, often result in stagnant, self-rotting, and selfish, non-action which segues into killing the mission and its church. 

The Church of God’s Mission must move. It “stays” in motion. There are times of rest, equipping, corporate worship, and meditation, etc., but those exist SO THAT the Mission of God in the world may continue. It LIVES and MOVES, continually, but already ‘has’ its BEING.

In a quick survey of the scriptures, I was trying to find passages that supporrted ideas like, “be more than you are,” or “be all that you can be,” etc. I didn’t find any. Perhaps you can point to some and reference them in the comment section.

On the other hand, There are an overwhelming number of references on how we are to LIVE and MOVE.

One Question for today;

Is there any merit to the idea that Christians should “be” more and “do” less?

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  1. Jim Wright says:

    Wow, Miguel.

    So now I can’t claim that “I am the church” or “we are the church” – or even that “Christ is All” (about my perceptions of Him) – as I make Him and His church conform to my own existential sensibilities?

    You mean there are external standards that I must submit to?

    Bummer…

  2. David Woods says:

    The main cause of these kinds of problems, IMHO, is the either/or approach. People think we must choose one way to do things (Scripturally based, of course), and then insist that it be the way everyone does it. If some live, and some move, and some have, as long as they are following the Lord’s will for their life, then what’s wrong with that?

    Where in the Bible does it say we all have to agree to a certain set of extra-Biblical standards, and then hold each other to those? If I love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love my neighbor as myself by doing one thing, and you meet those requirements by doing another, why does one way have to be right, and one wrong?

    What about the life-long invalid who can’t get out and evangelize? Are they required to be on the phone all day making random calls telling others about Christ? Or the persecuted Christian in Iran who spends years in a jail cell without a Bible; Are they to be chastened for not attending services, or reading “The Word”? Is their salvation in question because they haven’t followed their home “church’s” written “doctrine”?

    These extra-Biblical written doctrines may work well for those people who are inside those particular circles, and for them, it may even accomplish the goals they were set out to accomplish (to some degree), but they are usually just an extra burden, and usually not a necessity.

    To directly address your question, we have to “be” first, in order to even know what to “do”. Doing without being is fruitless, or more precisely, it only yields the superficial fruit of man. It is spiritually devoid of anything; And being without doing, although it may secure your own personal salvation, will eventually involve some disobedience along the way. I say this, because anyone that is actually close to God in a Scripturally relevant spiritual way, will probably at some point be called upon to do something out of the ordinary.

  3. Marshall says:

    The apostle’s message-reminder, “in Christ” may most often fall upon deaf and undiscerning ears, and so giving cause for doubt as to the “being” ekklesia; being Christ, as also in being emissary to a fallen-corrupt world — just as He was being (and therein doing) early 1st century.

    Not having a point of reference established firm within themselves, men may choose to imagine what “in Christ” could mean, or, they may simply move to denial… such as for presenting cause to be returning to their common religious doings.

    The basic premise of being in Christ is to the true (and prescribed) means for all that human will be doing. To effect, if not being Christ, all things you’re at doing will not be His doing. No standard, principles set, or rules can adequately replicate the power of His being in our doing.

    All in Christ will find it silly-absurd to argue against being in Christ, or even to reason against the doing that flows out from “Christ in you”.

    “Or have you not received [infer: don’t you know] that the/this [your] body is a temple of the Holy Spirit in y’all which y’all are having from God and-so y’all are not [infer: no longer] your own self? For y’all are bought [with a] price/value: and [it is] binding y’all [to] glorify the God in your body and in the spirit of y’all which is [now] of the God.”
    [I Corinthians 6:19-20]

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