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Being and Doing

by Norman P. Grubb

As C. T. Studd in the Congo used to say to the Lord, “We are put here to see Jesus Christ running about in black [and white] bodies!” This makes my present daily living wholly “natural” and practical. I am just myself. I BE!

When I am practicing my profession, I am not always reminding myself I am a carpenter, plumber, lawyer, doctor, professor, nurse, or housewife. No! I just do my job as such, but I am really expressing that know—how of my profession which was not part of my human self but which I had desired, accepted, and trained for, and which became settled in me/as me so that I call myself by the name of my profession.

So also now, as a Christian, I am not always saying I am Christ in me/as me! No! I’m just myself most of the day, just BEING AND DOING. But underneath I now know Philippians 2:13 is fixedly continuously true to me. It is HE working in me “to will and do of His good pleasure”, and I boldly turn my fear and trembling” of Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, into the kind of confidence John speaks of in his 1 John 4:17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like Him.

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