“To BE or DO? That Is the Question.”

“Lord, if I had a more money, then I could DO so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I had the moral support that I needed, then I could DO so much more for You.”
“Lord, if You would heal me,  then I could DO so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I had a spouse and family, then I could DO so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I had a better education, then I could DO so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I could get my doctor’s degree, then I could DO so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I had sight, or if I could hear, then I could DO so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I had a better vehicle, then I could DO so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I had grown up in a Christian home, then I could DO so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I had been saved at an earlier age, then I could DO so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I were more of an extrovert, then I could DO so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I were more gifted or talented, then I could DO so much more for You.”

How many of us use these excuses for what we do not do for the Lord? But are these excuses valid?  Or are we missing the point of our situations, circumstances, problems, tribulations, and trials altogether?

In fact, does God want us to DO more for Him? Is this the bottom line of His will … what we DO for Him?

God is interested in what we DO for Him, for sure.  Note I Corinthians 3:12 “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

However, God is much more interested in what we ARE than what we DO? To BE or not to BE; that is the question! Are you BEING all that God wants you to BE?

God is more interested in “ARE you a Disciple?” than in “What are you DOING?” Acting like a Christian is much more important than serving as a Christian. In fact, the more one becomes like Christ (BEING) the more effective one becomes in serving Christ (DOING).

The excuses we listed above may seem reasonable. But let’s rephrase them in the following way to see if they still make sense.

“Lord, if I had a more money, then I could BE so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I had the moral support that I needed, then I could BE so much more for You.”
“Lord, if You would heal me, then I could BE so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I had a spouse and family, then I could BE so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I had a better education, then I could BE so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I could get my doctor’s degree, then I could BE so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I had sight, or if I could hear, then I could BE so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I had a better vehicle, then I could BE so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I had grown up in a Christian home, then I could BE so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I had been saved at an earlier age, then I could BE so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I were more of an extrovert, then I could BE so much more for You.”
“Lord, if I were more gifted or talented, then I could BE so much more for You.”

As you can see, these excuses are meaningless when we think about BEING rather than DOING. While it may be partially true that we could do more with better health or with more finances, it is never true that we could BE more for God or BE more like Him if we had better health or more finances. In fact, the very reasons that God allows us to go through the difficult times are the same things that help us to grow more in our BEING.

In other words, the fact that we do not have sufficient finances, do not have a better education, or do not have more gifts or talents is what causes us to grow more in Christ’s likeness, to trust Him more, and thus BE what He wants us to BE.

God is in the business of transforming us into the image of His dear Son. The circumstances we face are given to us for that very reason. Without those circumstances we would not BE all that He wants us to BE. Yes, they may “hinder” us in DOING all that we want to DO for Him, but they help us in a great way to BE all that He wants us to BE for Him. And which is more important? What is God more concerned about? TO BE OR TO DO? That is the question.

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