Action or Reaction?
As disciples of Jesus should we live in the world as a reaction or an action? Should we be a reaction to our circumstances or a continuous action that rises above and moves through our circumstances?
Perhaps a better question is, “Was Jesus in the world as a reaction or an action?” As disciples we must live as our teacher. If Jesus was a reaction then we should react just as He reacted. If Jesus was an action, then we should act just as He acted.
Jesus in His own words defined Himself as continuous action. “I am the light of the world. I am the bread of life. I am the door of the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I am the resurrection and the life. I am the way, the truth and the life. I am the true Vine.” “I am” describes a continuous action of being and never a temporary reaction to circumstances. Jesus was not reacting, He was being.
Clearly Jesus’ life and behavior affirm that Jesus was not a reaction. He was a continuous action.
The fact is, Jesus was being God’s continuous love in action.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Jesus calls His disciples to become His continuous action in the world. With His words and with His life Jesus calls us to be His continuous love.
“And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:27
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:12-16
If we are not willing to be the continuous action of Jesus in the world then we are not truly His disciples. Disciples of Jesus do not react. They act as one with Jesus.
“For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Phil. 1:21
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20