“And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” (Matthew 10:42)
No one ever spoke like Jesus did, and no one ever lifted people up like He did. In these words in the verse above, Jesus reminds His disciples that God takes notice of their deeds. We usually apply this to the evil deeds people do, but God very much remembers the good deeds of His people.
To be sure, we live in an environment where we could easily miss any good people do. From fighting aggressive drivers on the road to pushing shoppers at the store, people do not always display their good side. That’s why it’s needful that God’s people keep doing good in the world. Paul reminded his disciple Titus to preach this truth to the church, that they should be “ready for every good work” (Titus 3:1), just like Jesus “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38).
Some might ask, “Why should I do good? It won’t help much.” Well it most certainly will shine the light of Jesus and demonstrate His love. When people notice that you are blessing them without wanting anything from them in return, they will take note of that. You might very well be the means God uses to point them to Christ.
Remember also that God will not forget your labor of love, as the verse above indicates. We should not do good to others primarily because of what we think we can get out of it, but we should also recall the passage form Matthew 10 above that God won’t forget the time and effort invested in His great cause.
John Wesley wrote: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.” Abraham Lincoln said he always plucked a thorn and planted a rose wherever he thought it would grow.
Truly our world needs the light of Jesus. We meet people daily whose hearts are overcome with grief, fear and depression. This world does not always greet them well. That’s why we need to continually spread the love of Christ wherever we go so that others might see our good deeds and glorify God in heaven.
Posted on Fri, August 22, 2014
by Sam Petitfils