‘Fully human and fully alive’. These are the words and the title of a book written by John Powell. They are words that indicate that we have meaning, agency, uniqueness and destiny. We are here for a purpose and that purpose is largely ‘us.’ Your story will have been to have lived as yourself to the full and in so doing adding a component to the tapestry that we call life – a life that would have left history less than what it was had you not lived your life as a son of God.
Powell’s other famous book is entitled, ‘Why Am I Afraid to tell you Who I Am.’ It’s a book about the having the courage to be yourself instead of being a construct of what others want you to be - for selfish reasons or because they are not fully alive themselves. These are books about ‘being.’ They are about how to be a person instead of being a living construct.
‘Being’ precedes doing - if we are to proceed into fruitfulness. But there’s more to being fruitful because our being is in God. We become fruitful because we and Father have become one in Jesus. Living in this inheritance of oneness we overflow with God’s spirit and life. Spirit and life is the difference between things filled with eternal life and things that have no Kingdom impact whatsoever.
We can live a life that is fully alive and full of hope and be filled with spirit and life because Jesus is our life and we and Father are one. Or we can live it in routine religion in a kind of coma in which we are separated from the reality of Christ in us as a result of poor teaching, personal obstinacy or laziness. Jesus will not force this life onto us. He will not abuse, even with good things. But He does say,
‘To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them” Mark 4.25 NLT.
Baxster Kruger writes, “In the dark room of our soul there shines a Christological light, and in this light we glimpse possibilities for ourselves that we never dared dream. We encounter the fact that we have a future, a destiny, a glory. We suddenly know we are not alone, not abandoned or rejected, that we never have been and never will be, that we are included in a communion of overflowing life, that we belong to something beautiful. We see the Father’s unflinching heart and His abiding love for us. We are amazed and thrilled and full of hope.” (1)
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness. Perichoresis, Inc. Kindle Edition.