I’m not sure how many times I’ve heard, “We are meant to be human beings, not human doings.” I get what it means and agree that our focus should always be on the inward person. The thing is, I tend to get up every morning with a list, either in my head or on paper. A list of things to do. That’s also part of being human. So, do I need to try harder to just be? I’m thinking that I really need to focus on balancing the two.
I know I need to pray at all times and keep myself in Christ. I need to be listening for His voice throughout every single day. I know I need to be His reflection, walk in humility, and commit all my “doing” to Him. That needs to be my lifestyle.
One of the surest things I know is that who I claim to be and what I do must match up if I call myself a Christian. My being should be the basis of my doing, otherwise, my talking is useless trash. Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” New Living Translation
That pretty well sums it up for all of us. What I am, whether alone or in public, what I do and what I say all need to be one. Am I perfect at it? No. Neither is anyone else. But, overall I give it my best each day, asking forgiveness and continuing forward. If we had to be perfect before we could speak or do, the world would be silent! It’s a goal. The “being vs. doing” can be turned into a self-righteous practice and a tool we use to become judges.
I believe that walking with Jesus should be a much happier voyage than we sometimes make it. Stop judging. Stop being religious. Just doing the 10 Commandments every day should keep us all too occupied to be angry, offended, and judgmental.
Jesus was and is love, peace, righteousness, humility, and joy! I would rather make that my daily aim than worrying every moment about whether my being and doing meet up with everyone’s expectations of me. They won’t! Love seems to be God’s goal – a better love; purer love; unselfish love; grace-filled love. How about we all aim for that? It would be wonderful! Everything else would fall into place and perhaps the fruit of the Spirit would be more abundant in all of our lives.