Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 23rd, 2016
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 (NIV)
Do Good to All People
Christian service should seek first the kingdom of God. Our allegiance is to Christ and His kingdom whether in church, school, the workplace, sports, friends, even our families. How is your service honouring Christ and His kingdom?
Canadian Living magazine recently suggested we do 50 good deeds for 50 days and then lists some pretty good ideas for doing so. It begins with the suggestion to make a double-batch of something delicious and freezable and give it to an older neighbour who doesn’t cook for him or herself as much anymore. Or how about buying a bag of good groceries – high-quality coffee, whole-grain pasta, a box of decadent cookies or other treats you’d normally buy for yourself – and donate it to your local food bank or shelter. Here is a good idea: Cut an armload of fresh flowers from your garden and bring them to your local nursing home so the residents can enjoy the smells of spring or summer. Or how about volunteering at a local breakfast program. Some good ideas to do good things.
Followers of Jesus are called to be his hands and feet in this world. The only way that is possible is to experience and understand His heart. He loves the world, and the Bible tells us that He would have none lost, but all come to eternal life. It is this love that drives us to do good to those that the Lord puts in our path. Galatians 6:10 says: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” We won’t need to produce our own opportunities. The Lord will provide those. I have a friend who prays every morning that the Lord will give him opportunities to share the love of Jesus with someone that day. And every day the Lord does. God will give to those who are prepared to share His love with others opportunities to do so. And our love, Paul says, must begin within the family of believers. Too often the local church is a place of contention rather than love. The old song is correct, however – they will know we are Christians by our love. The love that believers have for each other ought to be so attractive to those not yet a part of the family of God that they long to know the One who is the source of that love. Ask the Lord to give you opportunities to do good to all people that He brings your way today.
These have been words from the heart.