Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Theme Continued

   "Do Good" is not just a campaign.  It is a way of life.  I was reading in Titus 3 this morning.  Three times in this short chapter it is mentioned.  First, people should be submissive to authorities, obedient to leaders and ready to do good.  Paul then says that because God has saved us by His mercy, and in light of what He has done in our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit we are to be careful to devote ourselves to doing good.  He then warns against getting involved with controversial arguments or divisive people and learn to devote ourselves to doing good in order to provide urgent needs and avoid unproductive lives.
   Interestingly enough, it says that a divisive person is warped, sinful and self-condemned.  Once again I was reminded that we can so easily get side-tracked seeking to correct the wrong thinking of warped people that we lose time, energy, and effort in doing good.  There are times when we "kick against" authority or being obedient to those over us about matters that are unimportant, and we lose time, energy and effort in doing good.  God has transformed us, not because of our goodness but because of His mercy, and freed us to "do good."  We are saved for a purpose so we are not unproductive in life.  We are always looking to do good for the benefit of others.  It moves us (and keeps us) away from the selfishness that is the core of our former sinful lives. 
   I am blessed by the good things being done by so many at our church.  Generosity, serving, encouraging, providing, and supporting are quietly abundant.  No show, just doing good.  And as the story of Gail Fechter I told last weekend, it is contagious.
   My goal for 2012 is to spend less time on the distractions and more time in doing good.  How about you?

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