When I finished Well‘s book The Courage To Be Protestant, I was convinced the overriding thesis of the book was contained in the verb “to be”.
Today’s typical church member, professing believer is primarily concerned with image versus substance.
In the days when I was discipled, the focus was on 1) Know, 2) Be, and then 3) Do.
Know the truth of scripture and apply it to your life so as to
Be the type of person God designed you to be and then allow Him to engineer circumstances in which you can
Do what is the proper manifestation of one living as Salt & Light with a Leavening influence.
Sadly, today’s believing community focuses on Doing, and most often, doing which draws attention to the Do-er, creating an image.
One of these days, Deo Volenti, we will return to the other pattern.