DOING AND BEING
For the first time that I can remember, the emphasis of knowledge and knowing is slowly giving way to the emphasis of doing and being. The gospel is no longer just a ‘message’ to be heard and learned but is an action to be demonstrated and lived out in front of others. To only hear is a very Greek response to the gospel of Jesus. To do the gospel is a very Jesus response. This is probably one of the slim hopes left for the ‘good news’ to be good news. The good news is still ‘good’ and is still ‘news’ if it is not just news but also actions.
The gospel must be seen. Others are waiting for a demonstration of what we have talked about all this time. The hearing of the gospel is fully moving back into proper order. First, the gospel must be seen and then it can be heard. The scripture says, ‘how shall they hear without a preacher?’ (Romans 10:14), and I say, ‘how shall they see with a practitioner?’
Help me Jesus to display you for others to see. Let your kingdom be seen by my actions and decisions.
It seems to go in this order Luke 4:17-19:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”