I was just thinking about “doing” versus “being.” I was reading this morning in Zechariah chapter 7 where God is speaking and He describes His people prior to the destruction of Jerusalem and their being carried into captivity. Zechariah was writing seventy plus years later, after the return from exile and his words were a warning to the people who had come back into the land to be careful that they don’t end up in the same boat.
The Jews saw themselves as God’s chosen people, which they were, but the knowledge of that relationship made them complacent about the relationship. Their religion became, well, religious. It became about “doing” rather than “being” and there is a difference.
“Doing” causes you to go through the motions. “Doing” makes you cross your religious “t’s” and dot your religious “i’s,” but it misses the point of the relationship with God. God’s desire has always been that our relationship with Him would be vibrant, living, real.
“Being” in relationship with God means knowing God. It means desiring to be in His presence and longing to please Him with our lives. It makes our religion authentic and makes our lives a reflection of our God to His glory. It makes us genuine and our religion genuine. That is why God said through Zechariah, “Dispense true justice, and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.” (Zech 7:9-10)
Sadly, the Jews didn’t listen to the warnings God sent. “But they refused to pay attention, and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears from hearing. And they made their hearts like flint…” (Zech 7:11-12)
“Being” a follower of Jesus means living in the reality of a relationship with God which affects every area and every minute of our lives. It makes life full and rich as each day we discover more about our God and His plans and purposes for our lives. It makes us authentic Christians through whom God is glorified and any day I can bring glory to God, that’s a good day.
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