It seems most of the time we are inundated with the “don’ts” of life.
We heard it as our parents were raising us, we heard it in school, and we hear it in church. In fact don’ts can overwhelm us to the point all we think about is the negative, not considering what we should do!
When we have this mindset we can become judgmental, negative, and degrading. It’s easy to be against something as it deflects from us and keeps us from addressing ourselves. This is nothing more than misdirection and it happens more than we admit. Religion thrives on this. We hear messages centered on what we don’t do, and services centered on what what’s wrong in the world.
There is a better way as it’s empowering to know what we should do! This reveals our focus, our purpose and goal. It lifts us to become like Christ, thus impacting all areas of our lives. It guides the picture with what we should look like and how we should do it. It also challenges us in areas where we’re not doing what we should.
“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your Heavenly Father.”Matthew 5:16
Notice our “do’s” (good deeds) lead to everyone praising God. It leads people to Him. This is why we must shift from the don’ts to the do’s. Pastor Dave Browning said, “Our knowledge is beyond our obedience.” This illuminates the challenge; we know what to do but have the struggle of doing it.
To me, church should be about what we do and how that stirs us to action. Jesus wants to touch people, heal people, and free people. He does these things when we “do”!
What is your focus today?
Did you know when you make a difference for others God makes a difference in you? I believe that we can be a part of someone else’s miracle and someone else can be a part of ours.
What can you “do” today?
Step out and love someone, forgive someone, be kind, and shine with Christ to others! It doesn’t have to be sensational, to be supernatural. All He needs is for us to do.
Embrace the moment and seize the opportunity to make a difference that will last for eternity.
Have a great week and the best is yet to come!