“Is” is more important than “Does”

Advent 3

For always remember this, friends, that who a man is is always more important to God than what he does. – A.W. Tozer

I met a man the other day who owns a huge construction company. He builds hotels across the Southeast.


But … God made stars, planets, and the very matter from which hotels are made.

I then talked recently with a talented musician just after he played an majestic, original composition. Big deal … at least compared to God’s composition. Our Lord invented music itself!

I’m a creative person, and I find great joy in watching people use their own special gifts in their own unique mediums. Nevertheless, even the best that humans create is ultimately derivative. We use the gifts God gave us and the materials he first created.

So, if you think of it, God is really not all that impressed by what we do. What matters to him most is who we are. Does the hotel builder love him, respect his employees, and care for his neighbors? Those are the first and greatest commands, priorities, and values. Not every song that every composer writes will be an “official” praise song. But in the course of his life, does this composer praise God and point others to the true King?

I bring this up for two reasons. First, it reminds us to redirect our efforts toward God – rather than to selfish, temporary, and earthly pursuits.

Second, as A.W. Tozer went on to remind people, we shouldn’t love Jesus primarily for what He did, but for who He was. Yes, it was amazing that Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, walked on water, and taught like no other in history. Those were surely signs to point us to his divinity. But … that’s not why we should love Jesus. We should love him for who He is.

He is God. He is King. He is Glory. He is Truth. He is Majestic. He is Savior. He is Good.

As with us, what He does is secondary. Who He is – and who we truly are – is primary.

In Christ’s Love,

a guy who is _______

(Don’t fill in the blank

for me, but for you)


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