Therefore, we need to seek our identity, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord: we need to seek Jesus; and in Him, we will find ourselves, the true selves He created us to be.
God said, “I Am that I Am.”
We say, “I am the church; we are the church.”
“Follow me,” Jesus said. He wanted us to understand that He was calling us to be like Him.
Whatever Jesus did, we need to do too!
Someone asks, “Why are you doing this?”
“Because Jesus did it!” we respond.
That is enough to know.
We don’t ask children why they are acting like their father because that is natural, even expected.
We should naturally expect each other to act like [follow] God.
The traditional church misses out on Who Jesus is because they are practicing church; they have reduced worship to a form, a structure, a highly refined and rigidly reproduced practice. Church is not something we do!
The pew people follow a practice instead of being themselves, instead of learning who they are in Christ. They think, “Jesus called me to sit on this pew.”
They’ve been brainwashed to believe that, if they don’t go through particular physical motions and routines, that they are not close to God. They really do think church is something you do: “We’re going to church!” they say proudly. They think church is a holy place instead of a holy people. They don’t understand that being the church is no more difficult than breathing.
Breathing takes no effort, is never planned or rehearsed, and takes no thought to do. How ridiculous would it be if we told somebody–“We’re practicing to breathe!”–wouldn’t that be silly?
You know how you can tell if someone is relying upon the Holy Spirit?
They’re loose. They feel no pressure. Nothing is planned. [It may be prophetically foreseen, of course.]
Believers who rely upon the Holy Spirit don’t practice church anymore than they would practice breathing.
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.