in our first leadership lyceum the other day, the topic of “becoming vs. doing” briefly entered the discussion. even though this is a leadership subset of the family life team whose responsibilities include an excellent execution of ministry, the purpose of our weekly gathering is to focus on character issues and who we are becoming in Christ, as opposed to what we are accomplishing in our respective ministry areas. we don’t talk about ministry attendance, volunteer recruitment or retention, etc… we talk about character integrity and who we are at the core.
i have a belief that just as form should follow function from a design perspective, that doing should follow becoming.
see, the world defines us by what we do, but God’s Word centers on who we are in Christ (a new identity) and tells us to express this new identity in what we do. make no mistake that becoming and doing are clearly interrelated, but the Biblical order is critical. what we do should flow out of who we are. otherwise, our worth and identity are determined by our accomplishments. the trouble with that is that once we stop performing, we cease to be valuable to ourselves or the organization. if you answer the question, “Who are you?” by what you do, the world has a sobering way of responding with “What have you done for me lately?”
the parable of the vine and branches (John 15:1-10) is a great reminder that to accomplish things for the kingdom we must be consistently in relationship with, and abiding in Christ. as a matter of fact, these verses seem to imply that if focus on becoming (abiding), that there is no limit to our doing.
i believe with all my heart this team is on the verge of something spectacular. not because of what we will do (or God through us), but because He will honor who we are becoming.
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