Resolutions: Do Good

And let us not be weary in well doing: for un due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:9-10

It has become a term of derision to be labeled as a “do-gooder.”  But that is exactly what a Christian is supposed to be.  I understand that the negative connotation of the phrase deals with people who try to do good outwardly with a heart full of hatred or bitterness.  But doing good can almost be considered the “job” of the Christian.  In fact, the Bible tells us in Acts 10:38 that Jesus Himself “went about doing good.”  And He is to be our example in all things. 

These verses tell us to “do good unto all men.”  There is good that we can do to everyone.  Any time the Bible tells us to do something to “all men”, we know that it is important and we can also assume that it is going to be sometimes difficult.  Some people are easier to do good to than others.  But it doesn’t say “do good unto all men who are nice to you,”  it tells us to do good unto all men.  If a person is alive and comes across my path, I am supposed to “do good unto them.”  That is a hard saying! 

Of course, the best thing that we could possibly do for anyone is to point them to Jesus.  That is the ultimate in “doing good.”  But there are so many things that could be included in this statement and I will allow you to make your own applications to your own life.  Do good.

Also notice that the verse also tells us to do good “especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”  We are especially supposed to do good to other Christians.  When you think about it, a Christian should find little fellowship with the world, so his only human help will be other Christians. 

Doing good is important, and we can surely all (with the Lord’s help) do a little more good this coming year!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Just from being around the few Christians I am, doing good comes naturally from them. And it also seems to be of His Spirit that we want to help other believers, knowing that they are out in the business of doing good for God. I did have a season of where the only family that was willing and able to help me were unbelievers. Maybe there were reasons for it that He knows and praying for them yet to believe. They were truly a blessing in my time of need.:)
    Thank you Ben, for putting do-gooders in a better light!

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    • It’s something we all should do. The Bible says that we should be full of good works, and I think that too many people downplay that. I want to do good as many times as I can to as many people as I can!

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  2. “But there are so many things that could be included in this statement and I will allow you to make your own applications to your own life. Do good.”

    Very true! And God made each of us to do good in a unique way. Blessings!

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    • That’s so true. I will have many opportunities to do good that you will never have and you will have many opportunities that I will never have. God has given each of us certain jobs to do and certain people to help. I pray that we will allow Him to use us when the opportunities come!

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