A friend of mine used to say, “ká dàále ká tun shà,” a Yoruba word I interpret to mean let us put it apart and then reconstruct it. It is usually said when you need better understanding of a matter. This is what I am doing in this post.
Human beings were created to be and act like God. If God did a good job, it should be hard for an observer to differentiate man from God. God put all his power at the disposal of man (and woman), telling them to have dominion and represent Him on earth.
We do not see man having dominion or behaving like God today, because we fell from our original estate. Instead, we see struggles, toiling and all forms of death. We make cool things and good things happen on this planet but the scriptures say death reigned since the fall and we need not look far to testify. Occupy is an authentic cry against death.
God introduced Himself into our midst by becoming one of us and still retaining His essence. That in itself testifies to our being in His class. A dog cannot become a goat and still be a dog. Christ became the last Adam who came to correct the first Adam’s fall, which we all inherited. Now, whoever receives Him, receives not a religion, but life, the life we lost. Whoever does not is free not to, free to continue the struggle, free to remain in eternal death.
This new life puts us back in God’s class where the very ability of God is at our disposal just as our minds and hands are at our disposal. We activate God’s ability with our words of faith, as Jesus did, to address issues we would have classified as impossible or died trying to fix. This life enables us, like Christ, to effect any change on planet earth, whether individual, social, economic, political or environmental. It enables us to do greater works than Christ. Now, the very angels long to look into the “amazingness” of the grace wherein we stand.
Given that all these are true, what is the point of our existence if we have received new life? Did God come to earth to die in our stead so we can lead comfortable lives and be lights under a bushel, salt without saltiness in a world crying out for want of salt and light? Are we believers in Christ so we can eat, drink, be merry and then go to heaven? If that is all, I think we need to junk what we claim to believe, because it is a waste.
For me, there is more, so much more, so much more…to this new life.