Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10
Because we’re believers in Jesus Christ, we get to be part of eternity with Him. That isn’t just at the end of this life: it starts now. In fact, it starts the moment you say, “I believe.” Here and now, we get to let Him in; we get to let Him reshape and remold our thinking, our hearts, our words, our actions. And then, we get to take our remade selves out into this broken old world to do good to all people. To share His fruits, His wishes, His message that He came to live, die, and live again for the forgiveness of all sins, even the sins of those who don’t accept Him. We get to be the voices of His message to the world, and that logically should make us want to do good to all people.
Starting from ourselves outward. It’s natural that we’d want to do good to our closest circle of family in Christ. It only makes sense that we’d expand good doing beyond there, one person at a time. If you don’t think that can happen, consider how many people that young minister from North Carolina named Graham touched. Or the old nun in Calcutta named Theresa. They started with one next to them, and worked their way outward.
But there’s more. Along with this great privilege comes responsibility. We should let Jesus remake our hearts so that we shed behaviors that insult or complicate things for Him. Anger, jealousy, greed, lusts, profanities: you know these sins. Some of us are guilty of some; some are guilty of many. We get to let go of all of them, but then we also get to take up the mantle of resisting the urge to fall back. And when we mess up, we get to run back to Christ, repent, and keep moving forward again, one person at a time.
Not all of us have the opportunity to minister to hundreds, thousands, or millions. But, in fact, not all of us need to. Instead, we get to take Jesus’ message to one person at a time. Me, I like it that way. I used to be fairly introverted, but God put it on my heart to speak out, to tell people how He remade me and got me through awful times, through awful things I’d done. He did it for me; He can do it for anyone. All we have to do is share. That starts by doing good for someone. So go do that today. Here and now.
For further reading: Proverbs 3:27, Ephesians 2:19, Titus 2:14, 1 Peter 4:17, Galatians 6:11
Holy Spirit, You bless us by giving us the strength to talk about You, to witness, to share. Help me to do it today.
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