I’m a member of the Be In Christ Church of Canada.
We used to be called the Brethren In Christ but a few years ago some people got concerned that the name was a bit sexists and dated. What is a brethren anyway? We don’t use words like that anymore and no one quite knew what to do with it.
I looked it up – Dictionary.com defines brethren this way:
archaic plural form of brother.
fellow Christians or members of a male religious order.
Yah – dated and sexist, not exactly how you would expect a modern church to want to present itself.
Unfortunately, no one could agree on a suitable new name at first so for a time we resorted to being known simply as the BIC. That satisfied some people but not everyone and so we continued to work through different options, finally someone suggested that we could just let the B stand for the word Be and we could use it convey the message that we are BE-loved, BE-long, and BE-coming. Check out the video on our name here – http://www.canadianbic.ca/
It’s that last word – Becoming – that has captured my imagination lately.
What, or more accurately who, am I becoming?
We all know that a fish breathes by extracting oxygen from water. In order to do that water has to pass through his gills and in order for that to happen poor old Nemo must keep moving.
In a way, we’re all kind of like fish.
Think of time as our water. As we move through time we breathe and grow. We are constantly becoming the people we will be tomorrow, next month or next year. But we can’t stop. If we stop, we stagnate and a little piece of us dies.
Life is a process of becoming. But becoming what, or who?
As Christians our goal should be to become more and more like Jesus. Jesus taught us intimately how we should live. He showed us with his life and taught us through direct instruction and storytelling.
The apostle Paul in his letter to the church at Philippi prayed that the process of becoming more like Jesus would one day be complete.
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. [Philippians 1:4-6]
But the process is never complete. The gap between who you are and who you will one day be may be getting narrower, but it will never fully close. Dissatisfaction with the person you are and the person you wish to be is what keeps us moving forward.
That’s the nature of becoming.
Who are you becoming?
Let’s chat about it in the comments below – I read and reply to every comment…