Be: came

On Saturday I shared about the word “be” and how Louie Giglio’s words changed how I now see this short little word.

“I AM.” It’s the Name that God gave in response to Moses at the burning bush. It doesn’t have any timeline attached, like past, present, or future tenses. It was used in an infinite tense, “to be,” or simply put… “be”.

Using this idea of “be” changes the whole dynamic of a word like “became”. It’s a compound word, which in case you forgot is two separate words connected to make one whole word. “Be” “came”… became. God came. It has a freshness to it, a sense that God entered into the picture and He’s here to stay.

“Became” sits in a past tense, almost like it was an instance in the timeline of man where God broke into our world. God came to earth as a newborn in the person of Jesus. The disciple John wrote that Jesus became flesh and lived among us. God came when He walked with Adam in the Garden of Eden. God came when the Holy Spirit filled the room where the disciples where hiding in Acts 2.

But the beautiful part about “be” is that it still carries the infinite tense. There’s no beginning and no end to “be,” simply a sense of infinite existence. It’s not that God came to earth in one instance after being absent; it’s that He opened His connection with us in specific ways at specific times. The beauty of “became” is that God was always here with us but He “came” when He chose to cross the rift between heaven and earth to be in our times again.

People sometimes talk about experiences that they’ve had and say that’s when God became real to them for the very first time. Maybe that’s because God has always been there but He chose that moment to encounter them in a way they hadn’t seen before. Maybe in that moment God became again.

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