Some theological reasons…

We ask “What is God doing in us?” because*

  • we want to get the best sense of what we think God is doing, so we can join God and be a part of his Kingdom work.
  • as it frames our dialogue with God, one another, ourselves and the world, it allows us to broaden and deepen our thinking.

 

“What is God doing in us?” frames our dialogue with God:

  • We recognize God is already active in us.
      • God is already King and Lord overall all.
      • He will always continue to be at work in us!
          • “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13

“What is God doing in us?” frames our dialogue with one another:

  • We recognize that Christ is what holds us together, works in us together to unite us.  In many ways, God is the only love we have in common.
      • “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  Colossians 1:17
  • We want to allow for diversity of thought, opinion, and experience.
      • This question opens us to things we might not be looking for.  It does not bind us to pre-existing categories and models that may or may not be our own.   It allows us to respond in our own words, thoughts, the categories we want to choose.
      • “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'” Isaiah 55:8-9

“What is God doing in us?” frames our dialogue with ourselves:

  • It puts God first in our minds, reminding us that God is the prime initiator.  God chose us, he reaches out to us.
  • While we can effect our actions and are thus responsible, we are not God.
      • We are not yet fully redeemed.  We can be mistaken about the things we understand, of how we know ourselves and God.

“What is God doing in us?” frames our dialogue with the world:

  • By asking this question, we declare that God is the most important.  Being Asian and American (and everything else) are subset.
  • By asking this question, we declare that God reigns in the world and is active in it.  He is working through us.
  • By asking this question, we point to God and his son Jesus Christ.
      • We know that many people do not believe in God because of the behavior and activity of Christians.  Indeed, we are broken people who need Christ.
      • We are always in process, always growing, learning, always being made new.  We are always learners.

 

“I would know you [God], I would know myself.”
—Augustine (354-430), Confessions

 

“In nearly all the wisdom which we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.”
—John Calvin (1509-1564) organizes his Institutes of the Christian Religion, the basis for Reformed, Congregational and Presbyterian churches, around knowing God and knowing ourselves.

 

 

How is asking this question practical?

 

*When we say “Christian” we mean Evangelical Christian.

 

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