I’m a doer and a get things done kind of guy. Our culture rewards it and encourages it. There is satisfaction in saying, “Hey, look what I did!” We ask someone how they are and the response is…. busy. “I’m busy, but its a good busy you know”. We throw that word around like it is some kind of trophy. It makes us feel important. After all getting things done is who we are. The more we get done and the more we accomplish the more valued and important we are. It seems to be the way we are wired. Our nature as humans has always been focused on it. Even the crowd asked Jesus, “What must we do to do the works of God?” (John 6:28 emphasis mine).
What if there was a different way to live that will actually produce more fruit with less doing and less busy?
Jesus’ response should be of no surprise to us. “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:29 emphasis mine). Notice the difference? The crowd used the word do. Actually, they used it twice. They also used the word works, not work. Jesus’ response is of singular focus, not plural. It requires believing, not doing. Now we can all make the argument believing requires action which is doing something, but humor me here. It’s about attitude… or even deeper… the heart.
I’m sure you have heard before that being like Jesus is of far more value than doing for Jesus. Or… We must learn to work with God and not for God. What I am saying is nothing new. I’m just proposing a way of thinking about this differently. A heart shift. An attitude shift. I call it, “The Be-living Attitude”. When I believe in the one the Father sent, then I trust his words and his life. I step into a life he offers me. One that is focused on His work, not my work. So what if I can focus more on being rather than doing. Allow my heart to have a singular focus on what is the work (not works) of God. To learn to be in His presence, so I can know His voice, so that I can work with Him! My prayer is that my life becomes about be-living, not about busy-doing. When I am working with God and learn to be in his presence I can see far more fruitfulness.
How will we Be-Live?
That is what this is all about. Join me on my journey to discover what this means. I hope to share many stories of how God has opened my heart over the years and how He will continue open my heart.