I said in my last post that I’ve had a long relationship with doing and that I come from a long line of doers. Being an achiever is never the problem; the problem rests in the source of that achievement. Who is behind all the doing and who is actually the doer, God or me?
The Doing of the Doers
We can run ourselves ragged being a doer. And many things can fuel this activity. Here are a couple examples:
- A bitterroot judgment: “I won’t be lazy like…”
- Earning love: working hard to gain love or approval.
- Competition: working hard to prove you’re better than someone else.
- Compensation: slaving to overcome feelings of being inferior or worthless.
- The outright workaholic: just trying to BE something or someone.
- Crazy workhorse: working to avoid something, just doing so they aren’t feeling or facing something or someone painful.
I know this isn’t exhaustive but it sweeps a good-sized swath through our motivations. Work and doing is highly subjective and deeply emotional. If you are not a drone and are a bit driven…there is probably something behind it.
“Activity suggests a life filled with purpose.”
Capt. Von Trapp, The Sound of Music
I’ve given a list of reasons that can drive us to work, but there is actually only one real work we’re called to do. It is the work to hear. “What? Hear!” Yep, the doing of doers should be about the work of hearing more than doing. All doing should emanate from a place of hearing, not simply doing. Doers that aren’t hearers are actually lazy. They don’t think that they’re lazy, because they are continually doing, but they are. The real work of this life is the work of hearing and believing, not the chaotic flailing of mere activity.
So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.
John 5:19 NLT
Purposelessness of the Doers
Anyone can preoccupy themselves with doing. Being a doer is simple. A life of activity does not prove purpose; it only proves action. And busy movement can fool us. This exerted energy feels anything but lazy. “Lazy is sedentary, right?” No, laziness is purposelessness. Activity proves nothing because effort is not eternal unless it is sourced in God. Purpose for me is only found in the Life of Christ in me. And this is achieved only through hearing and believing.
Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the One He has sent.”
John 6:29 NLT
All our doing must be sourced in His Life and His performance. Our true work is found in hearing and believing Him, not in doing the actual job. It has to be more than hearing; it has to become believing or you have not heard. Hearing and believing will become living activity.
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.