Word for You

Saturday 15 August

‘Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.’ Ephesians 6:7 NIV

Do good

Galatians 6:10 encourages us: ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers’ (NIV). Doing good is always a choice, and sometimes a difficult one. Whether we struggle to put aside our own wants, or simply just don’t think about reaching out that often, we can be likely to miss opportunities to do good. That’s why Romans 12:2 tells us to ‘be transformed by the renewing of [our] minds’ (NIV). If we ask God to refresh our thinking, then we can start recognising chances to share His love in positive acts. We’ll hopefully notice more room to do His work in big and little ways. He can help us put our own self-interest aside, and act in the interest of others more and more. Be prepared, though. Looking for opportunities to do good means that we notice when people are hurting, disadvantaged, or in need. It takes a brave heart and God-given stamina. That’s why Galatians 6:10 starts by warning against weariness. It’s important that we stay close to God, allowing Him to fill us up, renewing our minds and our energy. Know that you can do all the good that you’re able to, and that God will take care of everything else. Don’t feel a burden to fix everything, but do take every chance for good that you can reasonably manage. God mobilises His people across the world, and we play our part in that by responding to the needs he draws us to.

What Now?

Pray to God for chances to do good for others today. Ask Him to help you notice those opportunities as they come along. Stay alert throughout your day, and do good wherever you’re given the chance to.