Divine Kinesics

Happy June! I hope your June has started off well and that not too many June bugs have visited you just yet.

Today is the first post of Contextualizing the Eternal Christ. There are many folks who are pursuing Organic Church. I have had quite a few conversations with people who are looking for examples of Organic Church. What does it look like? is the main question I get. I will fail miserably at describing what a true expression of Christ is like. However, I am ok with failure! So I will press on!

If any of you are encouraged to pursue more of Christ due to a sighting of Him, then AMEN! And if any of you have a perspective to add to the conversation, please do! I know the Lord is longing for His expression to be seen. So, brothers and sisters, let us lift Him up so that we may see Him.

Kinesics

Kinesics is the scientific word for …

Body Language.

In the business world, body language is key. You know when people are open to buying your product based off of how they stand or where their arms are or what they are looking at, etc.

Same goes for a relationship.

I was at a Starbucks recently and overheard a guy tell his date, “Pretty much, my ultimate goal is to make enough money to be able to travel around the world for a couple of months.”

A couple of months…

The girl he was talking to had her hands on her chair under her thighs. Her face had a concerned look and she was looking at him with wonder. He didn’t notice.

Guys. We all remember that first date where we were talking about all of the great things we had accomplished, but the body language of your date suggested that the accomplishments weren’t that credible, much less incredible.

Body language communicates welcome, concern, defensiveness, embrace, ignorance, or many other forms. Bottom line is that body language is a form of communication.

The Body Language of Christ

When we meet with other believers and function, guess what happens? Christ begins to lead His Body through His Language. We then have an expression that connects with other believers and non-believers.

Because that is the language of Christ.

His Body Language is. “Yes.”

We are in Christ. All of creation is in Christ. He does not fold his arms or cross His legs. We move toward one another with open arms of embrace.

Let us encourage each other to have the Body Language of Christ. Not only individually, but as a Body, as a group of believers who have gathered under the Headship of Christ. Let us corporately express His Body Language to the world moving towards others, with open arms and a warm embrace.

11 comments

  1. PopExcavators · June 7, 2012

    Mark, when I imagine Christ I see him with a very easy demeanor. A demeanor that lends itself to being approached by everyone, regardless of race, class, nationality, beliefs, etc. I imagine him with a patient smile on his face as people clamor for his attention, and a loving arm to place around those who may not understand his truth yet. Is it easy for us to have this body language of Christ? Nah. But I pray that we all strive for it. Thanks for sharing your portion.

    • marklchampion · June 7, 2012

      PopExcavators, that is a beautiful picture of Christ’s Body Language. Thanks for sharing and for giving us that great imagery!

  2. Jose Luis · June 7, 2012

    when you say that and I quote “Christ begins to lead His Body through His Language. We then have an expression that connects with other believers and non-believers’. I understand by this that Christ connects to all of us as humanity as a whole, In a world that is already divided enough by creeds, ethnicities, politics and so on, why make this distinction? believers vs. non-believers, which implies separation. When we seek to love and understand creation as a whole, eliminating words from our vocabulary that separate instead of uniting is vital for the next step of humanities evolution.

    I dont know, maybe its just me! what are your thoughts ?

    • marklchampion · June 8, 2012

      Jose Luis, thanks for reading the post. My thoughts are limited on paper, but a conversation is always welcome! You know me. I’m about due for another visit with you anyway! How about early next week?

  3. Mark,

    Wow bro, I love this post.  As I was reading it, I kept picturing a bride sitting with her bridegroom totally enthralled and open, hanging on to every word that came out of His mouth.  It has been a pleasure to be a part of a body with you that has this open posture toward Christ in each one of us!  

    • marklchampion · June 8, 2012

      Yeah Jamal. That’s great stuff! Thanks for that picture. Body Language is something that is definitely to be shared. I’ve enjoyed it as well.

  4. jimpuntney · June 7, 2012

    Mark,
    The image that came to mid as I was reading your blog was a group welcoming others into this group. Wide open acceptance, with a sense of belonging.

    The body language of the Triune God is inviting, rejoicing, and smiling, lots and lots of smiling.

    Thanks for expressing Life!

    • marklchampion · June 8, 2012

      Yeah Jim, accepting. That’s for sure. Also there is an outward-ness of body language too. As I enter a room I have a certain “air” about me that presents me to the folks in the room. I think that is another aspect of Divine Kinesics. How do we bring Body Language into a space? What do you think?

      • jimpuntney · June 8, 2012

        “And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.”

        This is an example of the “Body Language” sensing one another. The Family God rejoices with one another, embraces one another, and is excited to be with one another.
        This represents the divine community to me. Additionally this represents our gathering.

        To address how we individually represent “Body Language” it is in the fruit of love, hope and joy. In this upside down age these qualities are rare, I do believe in Christ we preach most effectively by our actions. What do you think bro?

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