The Impression and Imprint of God

Why has life as “human beings” become life as “humans doing?” Christians claim to cast their heavy, unsustainable burdens on Jesus, when in reality we have defined Christians by what they inconsistently do (or not). If Jesus said that His burdens are easy and light, why is the church being crushed under the weight of its own bloated corpse? The irony of all this is the fact that, in order to measure what we do as humans we must have victims to do it to; we must have missions and ministry so as to commend “those who do” for/to “those who do not.” It appears, then, that we have converted human beings to humans doing for the strict benefit of the ones doing it. How could this be God’s worldview?

Isn’t it a conflict of interest to measure what we do by those to whom we do it? According to the logic of this model, it would be in our best interest not to equip humanity but, rather, to forever enable them so we can feel good about our own doing (not to mention that it gives us the control). A more disturbing bit of irony here is, not only do we not find our identity as “human beings,” but neither do those whom we do it to!

The issue at hand here, in our doing, is not that we work. God, when He made Adam and Eve, placed them in the Garden to work. It is not reasonable to say this was some kind of punishment, for this work in the Garden came before the disobedience; thus, there was no punishment. The work was for the care of the creation. Being in the “image of God” – the impression, the imprint of God – human identity is found in God and God’s care of creation according to God’s worldview.

The issue at hand is found completely in the reason that we are humans doing. As human beings our identity is found in God. After the disobedience of Adam and Eve came the alienation of humanity from God and our subsequent loss of identity. Now, we are humans doing anything and everything that we can do to find, again, our identity. Our faulty (and lost) logic tells us that by doing the best we can do we regain our lost identity. But logically, how could we (so-called Christians or not) ever “do good-enough” for God by definition?

Christ has (is) come as a human being to do all that human doing could not. So now, our identity is found in “being” Christ’s, not “doing” what Christ as done (which He did because we cannot do it at all, ever). Likewise, our identity is “being” Christ’s in His doing according to God’s worldview, in humanity, now – today (Hello?!? He’s the Potter, I’m the clay. It’s not I who lives, but Christ who lives in me.). This tears down once and for all the superficial wall of separation between the one’s doing and those having it done to them, for Christ has returned human dignity to all humanity; equipping (and not enabling) both to never mistake human doing (or not) for a human being ever again. Christ does it in human beings for the benefit of other human beings, which ultimately benefits all humanity – the impression, the imprint of God.

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