Reflections on BEING and DOING

Some people take the time to smell the roses, yet some people don't even recognize that the roses exist.  Which are you?  Maybe you waffle between the two?    Some people try to do too little.  Some people try to do too much.   Which are you?  More waffling?

Sometimes, if we aren't careful, we can find ourselves running a rat race, in so many different directions, without even considering the point of it all.  In reality, we may not even be accomplishing much of any value.

What does the Lord say about this?  There is a proper balance between fully being who God wants us “to be” and being highly productive in doing what God wants us “to do”.  This balance can only be realized through honest Spirit-filled introspection (Romans 12:2), followed up by Spirit-empowered choice and action (Colossians 1:29).  Both are required, but both are often neglected.  Often, one takes control and we get our of balance.

The great commandment (Matthew 22:37-39) that Jesus gave us before he “left” us was the “to be” command.  Be in love with Jesus and others.  Another way of putting this might be to enjoy and celebrate both divine and earthly relationships.  Be present with God and with people.

The great commission (Matthew 28:19-20) that Jesus gave us before he “left'” us was the “to do” command.  He told us, because of your "being" now "go and make disciples".  Do it because you love.  Another way of putting this might be to get busy with getting done what Christ began doing. Be productive.

Be present.  Be productive.

Remember Mary and Martha?  Martha’s busyness of scurrying around blinded her to the unique opportunity that she had in that moment.  Mary was commended for her great sacrifice and choice to disregard the work that everyone would agree HAD to be done.  Mary fulfilled the “to be” command by sitting and enjoying Jesus and she fulfilled the “to do” command through great sacrifice and pointed action.  She DID something because she LOVED someone.

Some people are just so laid back, that they never get much of anything done.  Some people are just so busy, that they never get much of anything done either.

Let’s seize the day and accomplish BIG things, because we are rooted in love... for Jesus... for others.

Pastor Rob

Rob Thompson