Being and Doing
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:12-16
Is Jesus calling us to be or to do? The words of Jesus leave no doubt that He is a calling us to be first and then do what we are. We are to be salt and light and then simply do continuously what salt and light do.
When we focus first on doing instead of being, we lose our flavor and we hide our light. It is only by continuously being that we can sustain our doing.
The Apostle Paul explained how he lived Christianity.
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”. Galatians 2:20
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain”. Philippians 1:21
It is being in continuous union and cooperation with the life of Jesus in us that allows us do what we are.
Jesus made being the goal because He knew that doing follows being.
“Therefore, you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48.
In the end we can only do what we really are. And we can only be what we were meant to be by grace that comes directly from continual, eternal connection to Christ in us. Jesus knew that right doing would come by right being in Him.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
Be and do.