At the end of a meal at an Asian Buffet, I cracked open the customary fortune cookie. The phrases inside these cookies often provide a bit of good humor. The strip of paper in my cookie this time was thought-provoking, not humorous. It read, “Rather than asking, ‘Am I doing things right?’ maybe you should be asking, ‘Am I doing the right things?’”
We can commit ourselves to doing things the right way. We can work with exacting detail. We may do a particular task so successfully that we win the accolades and recognition of people around us. However, if we are not doing the things we are called to do, it is of no avail to do things right. Jesus said, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36-37, NKJ).
It is only commendable to do things right if the things we are doing are the right things. These should be noble things, things that benefit our fellow man and advance God’s kingdom. If a person is the best drug dealer in the land, it does not make it a commendable thing. Even if we are doing religious things the right way, that may not be good enough. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23 (NKJ), “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord’, have we not prophesized in Your Name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from you who practice lawlessness!”
We should be asking, “Am I doing the right things?” The right things are to do the will of our Father. Scripture admonishes us to, “examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5, NKJ). Are you in the faith? Are you doing the will of God? “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2, ESV). May I ask, “What in the world are you doing”?
Prayer: Lord, help me to do ‘the right things’. I want the mind of Christ to dwell in me, so that I can discern God’s good, acceptable, and perfect will.
~ Brother Roy