Thursday, June 18, 2009

Quote: Being In Christ

In Jesus Christ, God became flesh to restore being into our nonbeing by reconciling us to the one “in whom we live, and breath, and have our being.” When the Word that was with God, the Word that was God, became flesh and dwelt among us, being was restored into the nothingness we made of our lives and the world (John 1:1-18). As the Holy Spirit binds us to this Word, allowing us to live “in Christ,” we recover the life we were created to enjoy (Eph 1:3-14). So, to be clear, we don’t make a living. We receive it through our participation in the Christ, who has brought us home to communion with the Creator.

The truth is that if God is not creating our lives, then those around us are. The mother now takes fulfillment in her work only if her children grow up as well as she dreams they will. Office workers and teachers expect the affirmation of good reviews from their supervisors and the rewards of promotions and increased remuneration. Lawyers and doctors need their practices to expand. Entrepreneurs consider themselves a success only if the deals go through. Politicians are completely dependent on the affirmation of the public. There is no such thing as a self-constructed life. There is only being in Christ, or there is the nothingness that others create for us.

No comments: