Doing God – Good News for March 26

26 03 2009

Why do people talk so much about God instead of doing God?

John 5:31-47

Jesus said to the Jews, “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true. But there is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true. You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. I do not accept human testimony, but I say this so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf. But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form, and you do not have his word remaining in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf. But you do not want to come to me to have life.

“I do not accept human praise; moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you.  I came in the name of my Father, but you do not accept me; yet if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father: the one who will accuse you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope. For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me, because he wrote about me.  But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

The Daily Path: “I always was wondering: why people talk so much about God instead of doing something good.”

I want to thank Viktoryian for posting this comment on Good News To-Go! It’s really quite profound and gives me a real life example of what Christ is teaching. In the today’s gospel reading we find another scenario in which the Pharisees are trying to find fault with Jesus so they can get rid of him, and in doing so eliminate the threat to their positions. The Pharisees were quite good at “talking about God” but as we are shown in the gospel, failed at living God’s message… doing good (doing God) as people in their positions should have. They were too busy feeding themselves (ego).

As Viktoryian points out, we still see this today. I’m not going to throw stones at the crystal palaces of others, when in my own life I fail to “do God” in all the opportunities presented to me. We all have the chance to live a godly life. Some have the ability to live in the public eye and lead many by example. The vast majority of us live in relative obscurity, yet we have countless chances to demonstrate our faith with quiet acts love and mercy. One of the things I love about how Jesus worked is that after performing a miracle he often said, “Tell no one of this.” In other words “do God but don’t trumpet your good acts for your own benefit.”

Thank you, Viktoryian. peace

Room to Chat: Today, I’m asking for the ability to see and act on even a single opportunity to do God. Can you join me?