WHICH IS BETTER???


Spiritual Blog - Being

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 – “Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  NKJV

 

Someone read the title and text and asked, “What?”  As they wondered how this text matched the title.  Let me clarify.  We continually hear people say, “Just do the right thing” and that is good but which is better, “Doing the right thing or Being the right thing?”  I would submit that if we ARE the right thing we will DO the right thing but we might DO the right thing and still not BE the right thing.  Thus my title question:  “Which is better?”

I do not know who wrote this:

Not merely in the words you say,
Not only in your deeds confessed,
But in the most unconscious way 

Not merely in the words you say,
Not only in your deeds confessed,
But in the most unconscious way

Is Christ expressed?

Is it a beatific smile?
A holy light upon your brow?
Oh no! I felt his presence
When you laughed just now. 

To me, ’twas not the truth you taught,
To you so clear, to me still dim,
But when you came you brought
A sense of him. 

And from your eyes he beckons me
And from your heart his love is shed,
Till I lose sight of you and see
The Christ instead.

 

            We have all encountered people we knew instantly were different. There was an aura about them that made them stand out in a crowd.  They didn’t have to say anything but you sensed something about their spirit that was drawing and remarkable.  They are those of which I speak when I ask about “being the right thing”.  They do not have to debate what to do for it flows from within and out of their rightness they act.  It is not the outward expression or demonstration from which righteousness flows it is from righteousness that the outward expression or demonstration flows.  If we ARE the right thing or person we will DO the right thing.  Whenever I hear people say, “Just do the right thing this always comes to mind.”    I desire to BE right and if I AM right then I will DO right.  

            May the Lord bless you richly is my prayer!

 

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