"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him" Acts 10:38
Let me encourage you today and everyday to imitate Jesus Christ. First consider who he was and then how he lived.
One of the things to keep in mind when studying the life of Jesus our Lord and Savior is that He was God as well as man.
Secondly, this God-man went about doing good. He came to earth to do the will of His Father in heaven.
What good thing can you do today? What good thing will you do today? It's never to late if you have breath and strength to sing a song of praise and pray to your heavenly Father for direction in how to set a course that is focused on pleasing Jesus Christ whom you profess to know and love.
Today, will you visit the elderly in a rest home? Visit a downcast soul in your family? Will you provide transportation to a needy neighbor? Give away some of your money to help a struggling stranger in need?
There are many ways of doing good because there are many needs in the body of Christ. Volunteer your time if money is not an issue and if your money is scarce then offer your time but above all "present yourself a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1
There are prison ministries and women's ministries. There are children from broken homes who need to see you and hear your voice of encouragement. If you will open the Bible and tell them the story of Jesus of Nazareth and how He went about doing good then you may set before them the glorious and wonderful person of God's own Son whom the officers said, "never man spake as this man."
How about proclaiming the gospel to the lost and perishing who will meet their certain appointment with death and give an account of their lives and how they lived them before their Creator God? Hebrews 9:27
When is the last time you told somebody about Jesus? When did you last warn a friend, acquaintance or relative that they must soon leave this earth and face the judgment of Almighty God?
If as a professing Christian you are not proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ,as a witness to the Lord's work in your life, then you should ask yourself if you really know Him yourself. It's a fair question that demands a serious inquiry and answer.
Someday you say you'll do great things for God but right now you think you're too busy with school or work. Next week you're planning that vacation. Dear reader there are lots of excuses we can make but none will hold any water with Jesus on Judgment Day. Besides, God isn't asking for you to do great things but rather good things this hour, this day or this week.
By good I mean godly. That is good which conforms to God's standards and requirements. That is good which pleases and meets the approval not of the world but of our Lord Jesus Christ.
"And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not" Jeremiah 45:5
By nature we are all far too selfish. We want to do what we want and what is convenient. Every man seeks his own things and not the things of the Lord. This is very sad when you consider how good God has been to you. Ought we not to mourn more for our lack of zeal and love to such a great and merciful Savior?
Consider the great compassion the the Lord Jesus had on the multitudes in His day. He healed the sick and gave sight to the blind. He healed all manner of diseases and sickness. These all pointed to the fact that we need spiritual healing and cleansing because by nature we are too are sick with sin and blinded by Satan.
"And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people."
We are full of spiritual leprosy from our head to our feet and will die from this dreadful and terrible disease called sin if we be not washed and cleansed by the master physician and healer of souls the Lord Jesus Christ.
We must be born again by the Holy Spirit, washed from our sins that we might desire the things of God and then we will seek to do good to the souls of our fellow man. But do not wait til you are sure of your salvation before seeking to do good. As you seek the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength pray that you might be used for God's glory for there is really no other reason to live but for His glory and praise.
Indeed Revelation 4:11 says "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."
Jesus corrected the thinking of his disciples who thought to do good only to those who treated them well.
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love they neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;" Matthew 5:42-42
Why may we ask? First because Jesus commanded it and this should be sufficient enough reason but Jesus graciously tells us the reason why.
V 45 "That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."
It's relatively easy to do good to those who treat us well and kind isn't it? Where the difficulty comes in is when we are faced with loving and doing good to those who have mistreated us or slandered our good name.
Jesus expects much more if we are to be counted His children.
In a letter dated 1775 by John Newton former slave trader and author of that great hymn "Amazing Grace" he said:
"I have some tolerable idea of what a Christian ought to be, and it is, I hope, what I desire to be. A Christian should be conformable to Christ in his spirit and in his practice; that is, he should be spiritually minded, dead to the world, filled with zeal for the glory of God, the spread of the Gospel, and the good of souls. He should be humble, patient, meek, cheerful, thankful under all events and changes. He should account it the business and honour of his life to imitate Him who pleased not Himself, Who went about doing good, and has expressed to us the very feelings of His heart, in that divine aphorism, which surpasses all the fine admired sayings of the philosophers, as much as the sun outshines a candle, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."
Yes Jesus went about doing good. Be encouraged to be like your Master and pray that you might offer up spiritual sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving that you have within your circle of influence people who need to hear a good word today. They need to see you or hear your voice. So pray about what you can and should be doing today and the remainder of this week and then make it part of your regular lifestyle.
Pick up the telephone and tell somebody dear to you how much you love them. Tell them how much you appreciate them being a part of your life. Time passes quickly beloved and you do not know when death will take either you or your friends or family. Your intentions may be good but hell is paved with good intentions.
Now is the time. Today is the best time so get on with the task at hand. Be exhorted and be encouraged to be about your heavenly Father's business as Jesus was.
Jesus came down to do the will of His Father in heaven. Blessed be to God Jesus fulfilled His Father's will or else you and I would have no remedy for our sin. We would be lost and without hope in this world of sin and misery.
Consider what you must do to make a good change in your life. It might mean turning off that TV and cutting back on reading the countless magazines and novels that are piling up around your desk or coffee table. These things will not profit you
in the day of death.
Only one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last.
Brethren, we all have only a limited amount of time to do good.
Let us be doing it shall we? Let's not make any more excuses for putting off what our Lord Jesus commands. Make disciples,
visit the sick (both spiritually and physically) and poor.
If you have to sit down and commune with your own soul then do it or gather with some Christians at church and let them read this article and then brainstorm some of the good things you can do as believers to make a difference for our great God.
The Bible is clear that we are justified by grace alone but not a grace that is alone. In other words good works do NOT contribute to saving our souls (only by faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross can we be saved from our sin and be given a home in Heaven), but we are called to good works. The evidence that we have saving faith is good works and this is why we were created
"For we are His workmanship created unto good works which God before ordained that we should walk in them." Eph 2:10
Praise God that we can serve such a great and wonderful Lord to whom be all glory and honor and wisdom forever more. Amen.
Carlton Pruitt ministers the gospel to the Los Angeles area. Formerly a Hollywood actor (SAG member)and junk removal expert he now spends most of his time studying the scriptures, writing articles, hymns and poems and doing street preaching. See his videos on http://www.youtube.com Type LAStreetPreacher in the search bar. CONTACT at Carlton2061@gmail.com