GOD’S WILL: DO GOOD!
One of my favorite books in the New Testament is the book of Titus. Paul is writing instructions to Titus regarding his work at the church in Crete. If you read through the book, Paul repeats the same theme over and over again. Paul wants Titus to instruct the believers to “keep doing good.” God has redeemed His people to do what is good in whatever situation they find themselves. No matter what our day may bring, God’s will for our life is to do what is good. It is as simple as that. We can know God’s will for our life every day. It is to love good and to do good. When we rub shoulders with someone that rubs us the wrong way, God’s will for our life is to do good, to show good to them. Obviously “good” is defined by the Scriptures. “Good” cannot violate the scriptures.
Take a quick look at these passages found in Titus:
Titus 1:8 “Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.”
Titus 2:7 “In everything set them an example by doing what is good.”
Titus 2:14 “who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”
Titus 3:1 “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good”
Titus 3:8 “This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.”
Titus 3:14 “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.”
When your feet hit the floor each morning, God’s will for your life is to do what is good. When we do, we resemble our Savior. When we do, we have a platform to share Christ. I love this quote from Jack Graham, the pastor of Prestonwood: “We want to talk to the world about our relationship with Jesus. That is good, but the world wants to see our resemblance to Him first. In the world’s eyes, your relationship means nothing if you do not resemble Him.”
Pray: Ask God to help you to respond to each person He brings your way and each situation He puts you in by doing what is good. Ask Him to help you to remember, in each situation, to ask the simple question of what would “good” look like from a biblical perspective and from the perspective of the person you are interacting with. Ask Him to help you not just avoid doing evil, but instead to do what is good. Ask Him to help you resemble our Savior. Ask Him to help you to “DO GOOD!”
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First Baptist Broken Arrow