To be or not to be, that is the question. – Hamlet
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “be” is a verb that is used to indicate three things about a person: 1) identity 2) qualities 3) condition.
Identity: Who you are, where your value lies, and a sameness of character.
Qualities: Your reputation, your values, and your degree of excellence.
Condition: The way you exist, your state of being, and your attitude.
Each of these things define your existence. “Be” is how you live. Everyday. The same. As an intransitive verb “be” means, “to equal in meaning.” You should be consistent. Learning how to be is learning how to live life so that your identity, qualities, and condition are the same regardless of the situation.
“Being” is a noun that means “the state of existence.”
How do you live when life is dark? When things don’t go your way? When you experience pain and heartbreak? On the flip side, what is your response in the good times? How do you live in the blessings?
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17, KJV, emphasis mine)
Paul’s words give us a guideline for how we should be.
Identity. We are Christ’s. He is the person who gives us value, because we belong to Him. He died, so that we can live. We don’t need to prove ourselves. Jesus already did that on the cross. His name should be the banner that we live beneath.
Qualities. The old has passed. We have been made new. We no longer live under the law of sin; rather, we live under grace. Our qualities should reflect the character of Jesus, striving towards excellence but not getting caught up in perfectionism.
Condition. New. Without blemish or defect. We are created in the image of God. We are beautiful beings. The way we act should mirror our newness: graceful, peaceful, and thankful.
These are just some general thoughts on what it means to “be” in Christ. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be digging deeper and exploring what exactly this means.
For now, meditate on what it means to be a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come!
– – Phebe