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How do we live? That’s the last question, not the first.

March 7, 2011

For the past few weeks, I’ve been stating and re-stating, iterating and re-iterating four (4) questions. But first, let me set the scene.

Whenever we (humans) join a club or a team, get a job or even become part of a church, there are usually certain hoops that we are expected to jump through. We are told time and time again, and usually by non-verbal means, “Do these things, act this way, and you’ll be one of us.” Basically, we are instructed by everyone and everything around us that identity comes from how we look and act on the outside.

If this feels un-natural, its because it is. We’ve programmed machines to function this way, we were never intended to. We were created differently. We were created in God’s image.

A machine is created for and defined by its task: a welding machine, a passenger vehicle, a chain-block, a printer, a generator, a paper binder… (you get the idea). Humans were created for love and out of love.

I have often heard my dad say, “we are human beings not human doings.”

We’ve been created in the image of God, to find our identity in who he is and what he has done.

When I’m working with people in gospel-coaching, I always encourage people to ask the WHY questions. Why do you feel you need to do that? Why are you acting that way? Why do you think that? In answering the multi-leveled “why” questions, I think we can expose the heart motivation and quite often we are motivated by fear of man, fear of God, fear of failure, fear of loss, and other kinds of fear.

This is not the way God intends for us to be motivated. God intends for us to be motivated out of who he is and what he’s done. If we find our identity in who God is and what he has done through his son, Jesus Christ, then we are motivated by rest and worship, not by fear.

So, in this specific order, the 4 Questions are:

  1. Who is God?
  2. What has he done?
  3. Who are we?
  4. How do we live?

Motivation is everything. If we’re not living out of who we are out of a place of rest in what God has done and worship of who God is, then who are we living for?

There is so much more to be said here, and I have not covered it very well, but its a start. Continue the conversation in the comments below.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Didi Teufel permalink
    March 10, 2011 9:20 am

    Thanks, Mark. Very good points, and thought provoking. I sure appreciate the time you put in, to share what God is giving to you, to give to us! Keep on Keeping On. It was nice, as always to have you guys here, and hear your laughter! Sorry I was TOO busy to stick around, but, of course my ‘busy-ness’ was what I needed to do at that time. I’m VERY glad that all you folks can gather here….We love having y’all!


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