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 We Are Multiple All At Once

We Are Multiple All At Once

by Jason Cook on July 27, 2022

Fam,As summer draws to a close and we gear up for school to begin again, I want to take a moment in this CRF to look back at the sermon as well as talk a bit about joy.Let’s dive inWe Are Multiple All At OnceIt is evident then from Scripture itself that God’s presence cannot be localized, and that no building can confine him or inhibit his activity. If he has a home on earth, it is with his people that he lives. He has pledged himself by a solemn covenant to be their God. Therefore, according to his covenant promise, wherever they are, there he is also. - John StottThere’s a thought I’ve been chewing on for the better part of 4 months. It all started while reading The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. Haidt is a moral psychologist exploring why humanity is struggling to understand one another. As an atheist, he includes religion necessarily in his study but does not use it as the main lens by which he undergoes his scholarship. The main idea is that there are ideas about what it means to be righteous or “good” in group dynamics that override our own moral foundations and baselines. He points to the reality that you can have a deeply formed moral foundation and still awaken to find yourself yelling through a screen at an intelligible avatar on social media.As a moral psychologist, he explores how our multiple allegiances and identities shape our responses to the world around us. That thought that I’ve been chewing on the last couple of months?It comes from this idea: We are multiple all at once.At any given moment we wear multiple identities, hold multiple competing opinions, and are living to satisfy multiple allegiances. Right this second I’m wearing multiple hats in multiple ways (A pastor-leader shepherding through authoring a blog about sermonic content arising from being a preacher). As believers, this holds true as well. At any given moment we are multiple — dozens of identities can be true at the same time.When you think of the compounding identities that a Christian possesses, it becomes staggering when you consider just how multiple we are: Loved, cherished, son, daughter, justified, sanctified, glorified, redeemed, ransomed, reconciled, saved, transformed, disciple, follower, friend, servant, worshiper, child… (I think you get the point…though I could go on and on.) This past Sunday we discussed another “multiple” to add to the list of identities and realities we live with as children of God: The Temple. If you have yet to discover let me state something very obvious — I LOVE BIBLICAL THEOLOGY! (Sorry to yell, I’m just very passionate about God’s word coming to life.) The themes, motifs, and narratives that point beyond themselves are small glimpses into the brilliance of God.The implications of what it means to be the Temple of God as the church should lead each of us to our knees in worship and dependence. Consider this: God has chosen to use humanity as the primary vehicle of his grace and mercy. Christians are God’s primary vehicle by which non-believers are introduced to him. Of course, the Holy Spirit is at work in unseen and supernatural ways through what we say and do. But this multiplicity is the point. Not only are we multiple all at once, but we are carrying God with us everywhere we go. We are walking representations of God.If this is true (which it is) then there is something mysterious and supernatural about our lives as the temple of God. There is an invitation to trust God in the places where we have not represented him well, as well as an opportunity to more deeply reflect on the grace, mercy, and gentleness so characteristic of Jesus Christ. We are called to be the hands and feet of the invisible God of Heaven — incarnating him in similar ways that Jesus did. If we become a church proficient in allowing the Spirit of God to govern our multiplicity so as to reflect the image of God, we will make our homes and our city a better place. Not because we’re awesome people but because God dwells in us as his temple and where he is there is shalom. Remember: God does not dwell in temples made by human hands. Which is why he’s made you his home.Astound someone with the kindness and gentleness of Jesus Christ today!Your Brother,Pastor Jason

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