And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
-Romans 8:11 (NIV)
Last week I posed the questions “What Would Jesus Practice?” and “How Would Jesus Practice?” In this post I first wanted to address another vital one:
What kind of lawyer does God living-in-me lead me to be?
For a long time I thought the best approach to life was trying to model Christ’s life exactly. Many positive things can come from doing so. But this view of incarnational ministry led me to legalism and self-righteousness when left unchecked.
A friend, another lawyer, helped provide that check. She reminded me of something vital, worth remembering year-round and especially around Easter:
God lives in us. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. And he is moving and changing us and the world around us. Continue reading
Law school is a dangerous place for the soul.
We’re told that grades matter more than relationships;
that jobs matter more than community;
that status is worth more than humility;
that selfish ambition and greed are perfectly normal;
that our wealth is perfectly acceptable in a world of great poverty.
We’re told these things bring happiness and fulfillment—and can spend our lives pursuing them—only to eventually discover we’ve made a mistake. Continue reading
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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
-2 Cor. 5:17
Christ reorients our identities entirely.
In Exclusion and Embrace, Miroslav Volf describes how Christ calls us to him and out of our individual cultures, making us new creations. My first allegiance is no longer to a government, tribe, city council or family, but to a King and a Kingdom. I still belong to my culture and am subject to its reach, though Christ entering in allows me to distance myself from it and to look at it anew through different eyes–through Christ’s eyes.
While Volf speaks directly to the interplay of ethnicity and identity, I think his observations also apply to the spaces in which we work and the relationships therein, namely professional culture. Continue reading
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