Pastor’s Piece on the Master’s Piece #6

PASTORS PIECE on the MASTERS PEACE

Galatians 6:9-10
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (NKJV)

 

We are now into our second week of being mindful of the challenges of COVID -19. How then should we as Christians be responding?

Looking to the scriptures we see that Christians have the command to as it instructs us in 2 Peter 1:5. “make every effort to add to your faith goodness” We should be known for our goodness. When people hear the word Christian, their first thoughts should be of honour, integrity, kindness, and good deeds. The idea of doing good to all men echoes Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Our lights shine when we follow Jesus’ example of doing good wherever we go (Acts 10:38).

In our efforts to do good, we must not overlook the priority Paul sets in Galatians 6:10. We are to do good to everyone, but we are to pay special attention to the family of Christ. How we treat our fellow believers is a sign of our faith: John 13:35 says  “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”. Love for the family of God shows itself in acts of goodness and charity. 1 John 3:17 puts it this way. “If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?” In fact, love toward others is proof of our salvation.

1 John 2:9He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.” (NKJV) We start doing good unto all men by softening our hearts toward our brothers and sisters in Christ and dedicating ourselves to their well-being, as though it were our own.

Part of doing good to all men is that we don’t return evil for evil (Romans 12:17). Jesus called us to set aside our natural reaction when someone wrongs us. Instead, we are to repay evil with good (Romans 12:21).

Another way we do good unto all men is that we actively search for ways we can bless people. Throughout history, Christians have led the way in building orphanages, founding schools, funding hospitals, digging water wells, and meeting the practical needs of people.

Doing good can start today, with little things. 

Last week our Prime Minister spoke of caring for one another in this time of crisis. Noble words for sure. Whatever our circumstance, if there is some way to do something good for someone today, do it, to the glory of God. A small goodness is better than no goodness and can, in fact, have a great impact. As Samuel Johnson said, “He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do any.”

So proud of all of you for your sincere faith and strong desire to be a difference all around us.