Here is an update on my journey with the word 'DO'.
The gospel in its essence is about doing.
You can read here how I started this year out with these words from Micah strapped to my chest, looking for opportunities to do them. Anxious to get involved, to find the work the Lord had for me to do.
I am amazed as I sit here to write this. This doing is not at all like I expected. This doing has become less and less about what I can or should do.
I also committed myself to getting to know Jesus better this year, through prayerfully reading and contemplating Jesus' life and words in the Gospels. As I pour over the Gospels, searching for Jesus through his words, I am beginning to realize that I am not the doer, but the recipient of the doing. Jesus is working himself into me and I am changing. It is gradual but it is real. This is grace.
The Gospel is about what Jesus did, what Jesus is doing and what Jesus is going to do.
He is mercifully exposing my judgemental heart. I am realizing how wrong my right has been and it is humbling me. Micah 6:8, right here. The truth is, we can't righteously do Micah 6:8 until Micah 6:8 has been done in us. When we follow Christ he changes us. Everything we do is the natural outflow of who we are becoming. It is kind of amazing. It's like a miracle taking place in my heart unfolding into my life. For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Being a Christian is not about what we do. It is a total transformation of our human nature. My idea about how this 'year of doing' was going to be and how it is actually turning out kind of amazes me. I know, I said that already, but really, I am amazed.
p.s. I'm linking with The Weekend Brew today.