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Go Deeper By Being

‘To be or not to be, that is the question’ is the very first line uttered in Shakespeare’s play ‘Hamlet’. I think therefore, it is fitting for us to ponder the same question here, as we begin our journey, ‘going deeper’ in our faith.

Hopefully throughout the year, the thoughts found in these blogs will help you get better at the ‘being’, but it is important at the very beginning of this journey together to make a decision on whether we want to be part of it. Do we want to be? Is the effort worth it? Before jumping to any hasty conclusions, perhaps it would be good for us to remind ourselves of what it is we are trying to be.

Each family has its own ways, its own traditions, its own characteristics etc.  Family is a big part of ‘being’ and who we are. A family name often comes with some kind of identity. Have you ever heard someone say (or maybe it’s just said on films…) ‘You’ve let yourself down, but even worse, you’ve let your family down’?  Ephesians chapter 1, verses 5-6 say that we have been adopted into God’s family.  If we are to be in God’s family, we must try to show some family resemblances. But how do we do that?

Well, God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to earth to give us an example of how to live on earth. Through his life we see many examples of how best to live our lives and how best to uphold the family name of Christianity.  Jesus loved unconditionally. He loved those that weren’t loved by anyone. He avoided and resisted temptation (most notably in the desert- Matthew 4:1-11). He put faith in his father, God – even when he didn’t want to do things (‘not my will, but yours’, Luke 22:42).

These are just some of the characteristics of Jesus that we should adopt and make part of our being so that we ensure our lives show that family resemblance to God’s family.                       

So how do we follow the example? Most of us have an understanding of Jesus’ life but do we truly let the example filter through to our own lives and help us to ‘be’?

I would suggest that in order for us to live by the example set by Jesus we must constantly be in touch with how he lived. We must read the gospels and see how he approached various situations. We must pray regularly asking for God’s spirit to guide us and inspire us. Our relationship with Christ must not be a distant relationship where we only meet at special occasions. We need to strive for a living, breathing relationship with Christ where a constant awareness of God in our daily lives is evident, not only to us, but to others as well.  We can only truly go deeper in our faith if we decide that we want to ‘be’.

‘To be or not to be, that is the question.’ 

More thoughts on the theme of 'Going Deeper' will be on the site next month!

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