Not So Much a Place for Doing

“We need to remember that this world is not so much a place for doing things as for making character.” – A.W. Tozer

One of the Sabbath lessons that Jesus lived was that His activity sprang from His being. He taught, He healed, He cast out demons on the Sabbath not as work but as an extension of who He was- Teacher, Healer, Son of God. If we seek to follow His example, two realities emerge as necessary. First, that we would know who God has made us to be. Second, that out of that identity would flow activity that is as natural as a bird that sings.

To know who we are in Jesus is a life-long journey. But there are somethings we can know with certainty: you are a new creation, a beloved son or daughter, God’s workmanship. These realities take a lifetime to fully explore. Even so there is more yet to be understood. You’ve been given gifts and talents that are unique to you. In his helpful book, The Gift of Being Yourself, David Benner observes, “We should never be tempted to think that growth in Christ-likeness reduces our uniqueness…. Paradoxically, as we become more and more like Christ we become more uniquely our own true self.” As you think about this transformational journey of discovering who you are in Jesus, I would offer this further resource to you:  Who We Are in Christ

Out of our identity can flow authentic activity. This isn’t as mysterious as it first sounds. Tozer states it this way, “Every person should see to it that he is fully cleansed from all sin, entirely surrendered to the whole will of God and filled with the Holy Spirit. Then he will not be known as what he does, but as what he is. He will be a man of God who paints or mines coal or farms or preaches…but always a man of God. That and not the kind of work he does will determine the quality of his deeds.” If we are to rightly consider Sabbath, a part of that is determining that the Source out of which our activity springs is God Himself. If that be true, we can rest even as we do what He calls us to do.

As a bonus, and totally unrelated, here is a fantastic worship song that I am thoroughly enjoying today: I’m Going Free (Jailbreak)

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