“Do not withhold good  . . . when it is in your power to act” (Proverbs 3:27).

From a devotional, “The Word for Today” (September 22, 2009), we read:

Dan Clark recalls when he was a teenager, he and his father once stood in line to buy tickets for the circus.  They noticed a poor family immediately in front of them.  The parents were holding hands.  They had eight children, all probably under the age of twelve.  He could tell that the circus was going to be a new adventure for them.  The attendant asked how many tickets they wanted.  The man proudly responded, “I’d like to buy eight children’s tickets and two adult tickets.”  When the attendant quoted the price, the man’s wife let go of his hand and her head drooped.  The man leaned closer and asked, “How much did you say?”  The attendant quoted the price again.  The man obviously didn’t have the money.  He looked crushed. 

Clark says his father watched all this, put his hand in his pocket, pulled out a twenty dollar bill and dropped it on the ground.  His father then reached down, picked up the bill, tapped the man on the shoulder and said, “Excuse me, I think this must be yours.”  The man knew exactly what was going on.  He looked straight into Clark’s father’s eyes, took his hand, shook it, and with a tear streaming down his cheek, replied, “Thank you, thank you, sir.  This really means a lot to me and my family.” 

Clark and his father went back to their car and drove home.  They didn’t have enough money to go to the circus that night, but it didn’t matter.  They’d blessed a whole family, and it was something neither family would ever forget.  That’s called “doing good.”

We’ve been predestined to do good works according to God’s will and purpose for us (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 2:10).  Not only have we been called to the attitude of kindness, but also to energize that character into acts of goodness.

Goodness involves deliberate deeds that are beneficial to others.  Jesus “went around doing good” (Acts 10:38).  To be like Christ, we must be sensitive to how we can meet the needs of those around us.  “God is able to make all grace abound” toward us, that we will have all sufficiency, and “abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). 

Goodness is simple: always live for others and do not seek our own advantage.  The time to begin is now.  No one gets dizzy from doing good turns.

We’ve been called to goodness.  Our obedience to God’s Word determines how much we accomplish.

From the example of Jesus,

Who went about doing good,

We are to honor our Savior

By helping wherever He would. –Hess

3 thoughts on “CREATED TO DO GOOD WORKS (3)”

  1. Oh, how we need to be reminded of God’s goodness to us, and then to be examples in sharing with others. May He continue to bless you, Ruby, as you share His goodness with all of us during the month of June.

    1. Thanks, Esther. I see your comments came through. I’m glad you are being blessed through the devotions. This is my prayer for all who take time to read them.

      So thankful for your friendship & prayers for us.

  2. I loved the story about the man helping the family of 10 to be able to see the circus. Not only was he a blessing to that family, but what he did was a wonderful example to his son. Thank you for reminding us to be sensitive to the needs of others so that we can show them God’s love by helping them.

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