Posted by: zephaniah317 | July 24, 2011

Doing vs. Being

. . unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven —Matthew 5:20

The characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in his motives, having been made good by the supernatural grace of God. The only thing that exceeds right-doing is right-being. Jesus Christ came to place within anyone who would let Him a new heredity that would have a righteousness exceeding that of the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus is saying, “If you are My disciple, you must be right not only in your actions, but also in your motives, your aspirations, and in the deep recesses of the thoughts of your mind.” Your motives must be so pure that God Almighty can see nothing to rebuke. Who can stand in the eternal light of God and have nothing for Him to rebuke? Only the Son of God, and Jesus Christ claims that through His redemption He can place within anyone His own nature and make that person as pure and as simple as a child. The purity that God demands is impossible unless I can be remade within, and that is exactly what Jesus has undertaken to do through His redemption.

No one can make himself pure by obeying laws. Jesus Christ does not give us rules and regulations— He gives us His teachings which are truths that can only be interpreted by His nature which He places within us. The great wonder of Jesus Christ’s salvation is that He changes our heredity. He does not change human nature— He changes its source, and thereby its motives as well.

-Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

This pretty much wraps it up, doesn’t it?  My morality, the following of rules and regulations, cannot “remake” me.  If the motives of my heart are just to be moral, then I’m like “like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.”  (Matt. 23:27), and worst of all, no love abides there.  Just a desire to be moral.  To be good enough.

Jesus is the only one who can change my heart and settle it.  To bring me first to a place of peace and calm so that I can understand his teachings and hear his voice, and then act on whatever He is telling me to do, even if it is to just be still and wait.  Maybe that’s why His voice is so still and so small.  Otherwise, He’d have to be constantly yelling at me over the noise!  Love can only come from a peaceful and quiet place, and that is what Jesus desires in me.  To just be instead of do.

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