Jul. 29 - Why do we do good?
Updated: Jul 7, 2019
Many Newstart members returned this week from a long, challenging trip to Guatemala.
They used their own money to spend a week of their vacation time in a place without swimming pools, five-star restaurants, or room service. Each day saw them covered in sweat and dirt, doing work for a group of people who was unable to reciprocate. For what purpose? As Christians, they felt the Holy Spirit calling them to good works and they answered that call. Our goodness is a response to who God is, not an attempt to earn His favor. He does good in our lives every day; therefore, we respond by doing good too.
Romans 2:4 (NLT) - Don't you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can't you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Once we give our lives to Christ, we feel the pull of the Holy Spirit inside us drawing us toward good and away from evil. Our Father is wooing us to himself to turn us from sin and turn us towards him by doing things for us that we cannot do for ourselves.
Hebrews 10:24 (NLT) - Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
In doing good for people, we are sharing faith with people. Take a look at your heart, your schedule, and your environment and try to figure out what good you can do for others this week. How can selflessness be lived out in our day-to-day lives? Where can we help? How can we show others our love for Christ by the loving acts we do for others?
Once you start looking, you will see these opportunities present themselves at every turn. Seize them! Your small act of kindness could be the very thing that brings your neighbor to Christ!