Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:1–2, NIV 1984).
Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. (2 Peter 1:5–7, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “Average companies give their people something to work on. In contrast, the most innovative companies give their people something to work toward.” (Start With Why,” Simon Sinek). The difference may seem subtle, but it is profound. “Something to work on” is what you do. “Something to work toward” is why you do it. For example, working “on” an assembly line lacks significance until you see what comes out at the end. Then you can fully appreciate the what, because now you know why.
In the above texts, I purposefully gave only the “what.” They become much more powerful when connected to the why. What’s coming out at the end of the assembly line.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2, NIV 1984).
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:8, NIV 1984).
These are only two examples. I am sure you know of many more.
My Advice – Is your walk with Christ defined more by “what” you do than by “why” you do it? Then you are working “on” your walk not “toward” the One you’re walking with. The why. Make sure you know why.
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Great distinction. The why is so important. The other day I read Matthew 16:19 and it struck me that we can help others see Christ with our life of faith. We can help them come to faith in Jesus and open the door to the Kingdom of God for them.
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