“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