Being Before Doing
In church settings, there is a great deal of focus on the outward. We are continually reminded the world is watching us, with focus on what we do, what we say, how we say it, with exhortations to tell people about Jesus at all times. Much of the emphasis is on a bustle of doing, with continual reminders to stop the must not be doings. None of this is wrong. It is indeed important. If it becomes our sole focus, however, we may end up preoccupied with washing the outside of the cup.
There can be little of the right doings, with less of the sinful not doings, unless there is first being. Perhaps this is one of the many reasons public figures fall. So much driven outwardly displayed and observable activity. In time, it defines the life. How folks see us is far less important than our bended knee before almighty God and where our hearts are with His Son. Where are we on the inside?
Activity can sometimes become a purpose in and of itself. A vital relationship with our Lord, as we seek to draw ever near to Him is vital. Do we love Him who first loved us, deep within, in that place only God can touch? A life on display falls short of washing the inside of the cup. Perhaps it is even used to avoid it. With daily personal repentance, walking in the Spirit, and letting the Bible exhort ourselves before we do so to others, the doings will also come.
God does not really need us. Who does the Almighty need? Rather, He allows us the privilege to be used, but He is the great doer. Our adoration for God, in response to His astounding undeserved grace, calls us to worship, praise, and draw near to Jesus as the One who has captured our hearts. That wonderful alone time with Jesus is so crucial. As we delight in the joy of a personal Savior, a personal God, we are changed from within.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)