Where do you live?
February 6, 2014
If someone asks you that question, the typical response is to give a location: this part of town, or on that street. The Apostle Paul took a completely different approach when he said, “in him we live…” He was referring to God: in God we live. God who is infinite and fills all space. Wow! Paul went on to explain that we move and have our being in God, as well. Live, move, being. Isn’t that everything? (Acts 17:28)
Think about that. Paul didn’t say we will live, or we used to live. Just, we live. Now. Here.
What does that mean for you and me? To really answer that means getting a better sense of who God is because you can’t know much about where you live if you don’t know the neighborhood! Or as the Psalmist put it, “Lord, thou has been our dwelling place in all generations.” (Ps 90:1)
The Bible tells us a lot about God: that He is Love; (1 John 4:8) and that He is Spirit; ((John 4:24) and that He is perfect; (Matt 5:48) and that He is invariable (James 1:17) just to name a very few.
So if we live, move and have our being in Love that leaves no room for unloveliness, no room for anything that is not Love. Hatred, greed, fear, disease, whatever is not like or of Love, is not like or of us. Living, moving, and being in Spirit means that we are spiritual, not material: in and of Spirit but not in or of matter. Having a perfect God as our dwelling place means we don’t exist or act or express in imperfection: instead perfect God, perfect creation. Unchanging Deity means that life, movement, and “isness” must be equally consistent and good, without harmful change.
The first chapter of Genesis tells us as much: that God made man (you, me, all) in His image and likeness – as His reflection. (1:26,27) In other words, as God is, so is that which lives, moves, and has its being within Him. It’s a very direct correlation, don’t you think?
So, if you want to know more about where you live and how you live, look to the Almighty within Whom you safely and harmoniously abide. It’s all good, inside and out.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.