Whilst the children and I were waiting for the whistle to go off first thing this morning in the school playground, I was chatting to another mum, a friend, about the vital difference between “DOING CHRIST” and “BEING CHRIST”.
Jesus said to us in Matthew 11, 28-30 : “Come to me all of you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
How is it then that so many Christians are unable to find that rest for their souls, and walk around as if they were carrying a heavy load? Our heads end up being pushed down so low by the weight we carry, the commitments we have made, the many different enterprises we undertake in Christ’s name, the goals that we, and not God, have set upon ourselves, that as we have neither the time, nor the ability to lift up our heads and actually notice what is going on around us, we end up neglecting the very people that God has placed in our path, neglecting the very God we claim to be sold out to, and our privileged and unmerited place in Christian Leadership becomes self-serving instead of God-serving. Can the advice we give others become so utterly ineffective and void of meaning when we are quick to point others in the right direction, but too proud and not humble enough to follow our own advice? Is our life a witness of the peace that surpasses all understanding which we have found through and in Christ or is it instead a false witness whose testimony does not come up to scratch, because the practice does not match the theory? Do we lead by example as we try to be the light and the salt to a world that has forgotten how to live the here and now because it constantly focuses its sight on the next thing, or are we doing Christ and his legacy the worst of disservices as we preach to others and condemn them with our high morals and ideals which we can’t even put into practice ourselves?
Please watch this video. It takes a while to get going but contains a fantastic message and a challenging one at that!
Can you imagine striving all your life, investing all your gifts and talents into so many different directions, and then getting to the end of your time on this earth and finding out that you could have done so much more, you could have had an eternal impact on someone’s life, as opposed to constantly leaving unfinished business, if only you had focused and dedicated your money, energy, time and put your heart and soul to just ONE THING? Unfortunately, this is a malady that is invading the Body of Christ too, as we constantly race against time to have our finger in so many different pies that in the end, not a single one of them is given 100% of our time, passion, energy and dedication. We sacrifice the quality for the quantity and this has disastrous results; scattered sheep and easy preys for the wolves which are constantly prowling around.