Do Good



“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10).

I remember when I was in high school. (I know, I know. It’s hard to believe I can remember that far back.) I remember taking a trip with some friends to visit a college in Chicago to see if we might want
to go there after graduation. It was my first real experience in a big city. For the most part, I loved it. I loved the energy and the sights and sounds. It was so different from what I was used to.

That visit to Chicago was not only the first time I saw a big city, it was also the first time I saw homeless people.

I remember seeing a man sitting against the side of a building, asking for money. I remember a feeling of compassion wash over me. This poor man was desperate. He was alone in the world. Without a
second thought, I reached into my pocket and pulled out some money to give to him. It was the right thing to do.

I was happy to help. It meant that the small amount of money I had was now even smaller, but that didn’t matter. What mattered was that man. I will never forget that feeling. I will also never forget the feeling that I got after my friend informed me that the man was probably going to use my money to buy alcohol. In their opinion, my act of kindness was foolish.

Honestly, I struggled with God for the rest of the trip. We had an ongoing conversation about when to give and what circumstances were the right circumstances to give. The simple answer was that I was not responsible for how people responded to my kindness. I was only responsible to listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading and let Him take care of the rest.

Galatians 6:10 says, “…as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone….” It doesn’t have a disclaimer attached. We may not see the response we want to our kindness, but God is working. He’s working in the people to whom we do good, and He’s working in us.

“Do not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”


Whatever You Do

“And the King will reply, ‘Truly, l tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me'” (Matthew 25:40).

In the book of Matthew, Jesus talks about the Final Judgment. He tells about how the King will separate the righteous from the unrighteous. He first addresses the righteous group and says that they have inherited the Kingdom of Heaven because they used their lives to love and take care of Him. The righteous people were surprised to hear Him say this. They asked Him when they had done the things that He spoke of. Jesus’ answer was simple.

“Whatever you did for the least of these . . . you did for me. ”

Jesus’ answer is something that we should pay attention to. Anytime Jesus speaks, we of course should listen, but in this context He shares some information that we need to take seriously. Jesus is saying that if you love Him, you will show it by how you treat others.

That person that drives you crazy . . is Jesus looking for love. The relative that knows how to push all of your buttons . . . is an opportunity for you to worship your Savior. The hungry child an ocean away . . . is your King asking for a piece of bread.

We are given moments every single day to love our precious Jesus. In I John 3:l6-I8, it says that all believers’ hearts should be open to those in need. Whether we are sponsoring a child through Compassion International, or serving a need closer to home, let us take God’s Word to heart.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).

At the end of Matthew 25, Jesus addresses the unrighteous. To their surprise, He tells them that He needed their help and they ignored His cries. They were shocked by the accusations. In other words, they thought they had done everything right. Jesus made it clear, “Whatever not do for the least of these, you did not do for me” (Matthew 25:30).

That verse (Mat 25:45) always freaks me out. These people thought they were righteous. However, instead of receiving eternal life, they received eternal punishment (Mat 25:26).

This portion of Scripture always challenges me. Let it challenge you this week. Ask yourself, and ask the Lord…

How can I love God by loving others?

~Pastor Susan B.

Willing To Give The Little

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:9)

We’ve all heard the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with a few loaves of bread and a little bit of fish. The number of people Jesus fed was actually much greater than what was recorded. At the time they did not count the women and children, but that didn’t stop Jesus from providing for their hunger as well.

Imagine being one of His disciples and holding out the loaves of bread and fish that are described in the Bible as “small.” Imagine looking out at the crowd and being overwhelmed by the great number of people in need of something to eat. In any sane person’s mind, there simply wouldn’t be enough to fill the stomachs of the hungry people.

When taking in the context of the situation it seems like Andrew, the disciple who questioned if they had enough, had made a sound judgment in answering Jesus. However, there was an even greater context the consider. Luke tells the same story in Luke 9:10-17. In chapter 8 of Luke, Jesus raised a girl from the dead. The disciples had seen Jesus perform miracles. They had watched Him do the impossible over and over again. Wouldn’t feeding the people be a small task for the amazing Son of God?

Remember that God doesn’t require us to be able to meet every need. He only requires us to give what we have, no matter how small, so that He can multiply it and do the impossible.

What has God asked you to do with what little you have? Is there something that the Holy Spirit has been prompting you to do, but you don’t feel good enough, or properly equipped to really make a difference?

Be encouraged by this miraculous and true story. If Jesus is the One using what you have to give, there is no limit to what He can do. Are you willing to give the little that you have for His purpose?