The right stuff!

Posted on July 20, 2011

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On His last night, Jesus prayed to His Father,

“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do” (NIV John 17:4)

I don’t know how many times I have heard or even read these words and never really stopped to think about them. You often hear people say how we are human *beings* not human *doings* and that we are to simply “be” rather than “do” the whole time. It is also often stressed in sermons how our walk with Christ is grounded in being, not doing. This, however, doesn’t mean there is no “doing” to be done! So often people interpret this statement to mean that calling yourself a Christian is enough – and that they don’t have to go out of their way to do anything. They often feel that they will be a witness [or are Christian] simply because they are good people. Now I’m talking here about people who simply refrain from certain things, like bad language, excessive drinking, abstaining from gossip or rude/lewd conversations, etc. While we all probably agree that these are characteristics to be applauded, they are not how we tell “good people” from “Christ people”.

Being a Christian is not about having a list of things you cannot or should not do. It’s not about passively refraining from what the Bible tells us to – it’s about actively doing what the Bible tells us to! It is about having the right stuff. It’s about being the love of Christ, the voice of Christ, the hands and feet of Christ, on this planet. It’s about sharing the good… no not good… the *fantastic* news that God came to live among us and to die for us so that we can spend eternity with Him! We were made out of love and it is the most natural thing on this earth, to let our spirit worship Him.

Contrary to what the world would have you believe – it is not natural to cheat, lie, deceive, harm, kill, steal, ignore, cause pain and suffering. It *is* natural to love, help, give, listen, encourage, heal, trust, and stand for justice and peace. It is natural to do the right stuff.

When people say that being a Christian is just about having a list of things you don’t do, our answer should be that in fact it’s quite the opposite, and that people who aren’t followers of Christ also have a list of things they don’t do, like allowing God to change and guide them. They are choosing to abstain from the very thing they were created to do.

Think about what you want to accomplish this year, and where God is in it all.

Maybe even for the first time.

Here it is again,

“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do” (NIV John 17:4).

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