“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” Galatians 6:10.
When most of us think of benevolence, we think of money that is given. Most churches, after all, have a benevolence budget that is given out to those in need. But, ‘bene-volence,’ literally meaning ‘good-will,’ is so much more.
When Peter proclaimed the gospel in Acts 10, he described Jesus in this way: “he went around doing good.” Really, Jesus just did naturally what came from His character. Because He was benevolent, He went around doing good.
So, we who have died with Christ to self and sin and wear His name are to “walk as Jesus did.” As we grow in the spiritual fruit of goodness, adding it to faith in increasing measure with the goal of becoming spiritually mature, we go around doing good as well.
It is no wonder, then, that benevolence is one of the church’s values along with edification and evangelism. Together we actively seek the opportunities to not do good for ourselves but outwardly-focused to all people, no matter who they are—but “especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Do you go around doing good?
A New York EMT was reprimanded and ultimately suspended without pay for … wait for it … trying to save the life of a child!
That’s right; an EMT was actually suspended for trying to save the life of a dying person. But how does Qwasi Reid view the consequences for his good intentions? He said, “I’d do it again. If I know there’s a child choking, I’m going to do my best to help her.”
Consequences for doing good? Can it be? You better believe it! In this world, with its own version of rules and regulations, there will be times when good intentions do nothing but lead to bad results. Not because the intention is misinformed, misconstrued or even mishandled. But solely because the intent of the intention is good at its very nature.
I don’t know the spiritual condition of Mr. Qwasi Reid (he obviously understands what’s at the heart of being an EMT better than his employer) but I do know that this world of darkness will always look for ways to shun the light of God’s goodness, and nevertheless we’re called to still let our light shine.
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.” (Philippians 2:14-16)
DON’T GET TIRED OF DOING GOOD
By David R. Kenney
from the Wadworth OH church bulletin
Jack P. Lewis has a Ph.D. from both Hebrew Union and Harvard University. He is Professor of Bible Emeritus of Harding Graduate School of Religion. He was written over 20 books and many articles. His scholarship is widely respected. He serves as an elder in the church at White Station in Memphis, and he has appeared on the Freed-Hardeman University Lectureship for several years beginning in 1954.
Brother Lewis had previously suffered a fall including a broken shoulder. Some would possibly have cancelled their speaking appointment before a large audience, but not Jack Lewis. He completed his lecture on “Paul’s Visit” in reference to the church at Thessalonica which he presented from the chair on the stage of Lloyd Auditorium at the 2014 Freed-Hardeman University Bible Lectureship. Brother Lewis offered some additional words that I would like to share here. Jack P. Lewis was nearly 95 years of age when he delivered these words: Continue reading