Focusing on the Whole

the-kingdom-of-god-is-within-you-i“… one’s life will soon be past and only what’s done for Christ will last” – Mark Batterson1

Nothing that exists, exists out of its own accord or will or purpose. It is true. We come into existence highly dependent.2 The I, however way you want to take it, is always in an intricate relationship with those, both to whom it ascribes or refrains to ascribe the same personhood that I enjoys.3

All of existence screams, the timeless notion of being a part of a process much bigger than an individual self or event.4 One can find such beauty at how all the seemingly odd characters of the Old Testament, end up neatly in the genealogy of Jesus Christ, in the account of Saint Matthew.5 Such narration motivates the believe that our struggles are not our own, neither is our joy, because we are not our own. And most importantly, since we are a part of a whole6, a process to which we are so deeply and intricately related to, every second of our existence becomes a non-isolated phenomenon. Meaning, when I amidst the whole (i.e. the body of Christ) struggles, the whole (including the head i.e. Christ) struggles along with I7. And when I rejoices, the whole rejoices with the I8.

But beyond this interrelatedness, the metaphysical imperative that the design of such existence asserts, is its changelessness. The whole is permanent, it is immutable, it cannot change.9 Whereas, I is conditioned to change.10 But what is interesting to note here is that, though I is destined to change, its actions has irrevocable effects. Hence, in such context it becomes an important task to note the rationale of decision making. Do we take our decisions based on I or the whole? Common-sense dictates, and so does the scriptures, that one ought to be mindful of the coming Kingdom of God. Or, in the language of this article, one should be mindful of the whole in taking decision over one’s actions as the I is temporary whereas the whole is permanent.

In short, the emphasis is this: if I is something that is in the process of merging with the whole shouldn’t one’s actions be founded on the whole?

1 Mark Batterson, “A Hundred Years from Now” in Chase the Lion, If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s too small (2016, Multnomah, USA), page 196
2 Psalm 100:3
3 Ecclesiastes 3:18-19
4 Psalm 8:3-4
5 Matthew 1:1-17
6 1 Corinthians 12:27
7 Joshua 1:9
8 Psalm 149:4
9 Hebrews 13:8
10 2 Corinthians 5