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What is More Important…

07.02.17 | by Ray Jones

    What is More Important…

    Who you are or what you do? In his book Unchained, Pastor Noel Jesse Heikinnen answers the question this way:

    Down through history, the predominant viewpoint has been that what we do determines who we are. We've all heard the old adage, "You are what you eat." This isn't a new school of thought. Aristotle wrote, "We are what we repeatedly do." A recent TED talk declared, "You are what you tweet." Each one of these proclamations, while carrying a significant nugget of truth, gets the core message of the gospel backward. Frank Zappa, of all people, got it right: "You are what you is." In other words, it's not what we do that determines who we are; rather, who we are determines what we do. This is the biblical paradigm.

    That means that the big question is, “Who are you?” The Bible says, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”                   (2 Corinthians 5:17) When God looks at us, “who we are”, is determined by who Christ is in us. In other words, it’s not what we’ve done that determines who we are to God, but it’s who we are in Christ that determines what we do. Or you might say, what you do is the by-product of who you really are.

    And that is particularly interesting and stands in stark contrast to the world we live in that tends to reward what we do over just about everything else. Just look at the athletic world, character issues (who you really are) are often overlooked, excused, ignored or denied simply because of what the athlete does or has done on the field or court. Further, it’s not uncommon for popular musicians and Hollywood celebrities to be called upon to speak to Congress or be given platforms to advance political causes for which they have little or no expertise… simply because of what they have “done” on the screen or stage. That is not to suggest that they cannot have an opinion, and even a valid perspective, of course, they can. But the larger point is, our world gives almost instant credibility on the basis of what a person has done rather than the character of the heart.

    But not God! The Bible says that God looks first at the heart and subsequently is far more concerned about who you are inwardly over what you’ve done outwardly. And that is why Christ died for you. So, the answer is, who you are is more important to God than what you do. But don’t miss the connection, what you do is a reflection of who you are, and it tells the truth about you. If you have not been made new in Christ… give your heart to Him today and let Him create a new you!

    I’ll miss your smiling faces…and this wonderful fellowship for the next several weeks as I am away studying and refreshing my soul. I will see you next Sunday for a bit and then at the end of the month. In the meantime, be faithful to Give, to Attend and to Serve God. Also, continue to remember our Greater Glory Refurbishment, it’s moving along well, sorry for a bit of inconvenience in worship and Sunday School for the next several weeks, but it’s Kingdom work and we can all make sacrifices with joy for the advancement of God’s work through our church. Thanks for your sweet spirit about it. And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new! I love being your Pastor!!!!

    For God’s Glory Alone,

    Bro. Ray