Not in the Reactive Mode

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”                                                          (Eph. 2:10)

In the reactive mode (as opposed to being proactive) the only person who can be any good is the one person with the decision-making power in-the-moment, responding to questions and issues within a tight window of time.  In the reactive mode, because of time-crunch, all other people within the organization (whatever that might be) are by the practical expediency of the moment reduced to a substandard, ineffectual, less important, bystander status.  When an autocratic leadership style and the reactive mode are combined, the performance of everyone outside of the decision-making zone can never rise above the lower level of the “go along to get along” glass ceiling of mediocrity…because all of the power…for better or for worse…is focused upon that one person making the decisions in-the-moment in the exclusivity of the reactive mode.

The dynamism of a combined group effort…even the combined energy of two people walking together at the same pace towards a common goal…is partially or completely erased by the time demands of the reactive mode that by necessity places all of the leadership decision-making in one person.

The top-level brilliance of a God-composed journey of faith is that it is a blend of the divine and the human.  Jesus Christ was thoroughly human but divinely perfect.  Our unique journeys of faith have the singular feature of free-will choice plus God’s proactive planning.  There is no reduced, ineffectual, substandard status for the believer.  The elevated status of God’s active participation in our lives produces just the opposite effect.

Only a perfect manager and script-writer God could do this.  No humanistic model or evolutionary mechanism can explain the sudden appearance of the brilliantly sophisticated management structure of a biblical narrative story of faith beginning over 4,000 years ago with Abraham the “father of faith.”

Jesus is perfectly righteous because He perfectly followed His life-script.  Jesus can be the perfect Lamb of God sacrifice for the eternal redemption of Spirit-born believers because He exercised perfect faith and trust in the Father’s plan for His life, which was formulated by the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit before the foundation of the world.

Two points I want to make here.  First, in a biblical-quality journey of faith neither God, nor the believer, are in the reactive mode.  God has our life-scripts pre-written before we are born, and we discover our individually unique callings by direct revelation or by patiently listening in the Spirit while we “work out our own salvation” over time through our Christian discipleship.  When we have a perfectly clear (or even a pretty good) understanding of what God is calling us to do, righteousness is imputed to us based upon faith like Abraham because it is righteous and good to place our trust in the character and trustworthiness of God to enable us to actualize this calling.

Second, it takes guts and courage to be a Christian because our discipleship is not a “go along to get along” conformity to the conventional standards of this world.  To be called of God into a particular mission is a calling to be different…to be the light of the world…a lamp placed upon a lampstand…a city on a hill that cannot be hid.  The Christian life in the danger zone is a calling into a joint-venture partnership with the living God and Creator of the universe, where we are included within the decision-making sphere of power because of our high value to God and the inestimable gift He has given to us of free-will choice.  A God-composed journey of faith is a calling into an expedition into the discovery of the knowledge of good and evil, so that we can be crafted into free-will moral beings who can be a blessing to God and to ourselves and others for all eternity.

Author: Barton Jahn

I work in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have six Christian books self-published through Create Space KDP. I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on two more books on building construction.

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