Doing Good

18th MAY 2022

Christ for Youth International

“And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” Acts 10:38 NLT

Before you start today’s devotional, take note of this, that the Lord allows the sun to rise and the rain to fall on both the just and the unjust, Matthew 5:45. His hand is extended to us all, as His plans are for all. If you are reading this or hearing this today, know that you are not exempted from the goodness of the Lord as Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”. Jesus went about doing good even when He knew that might have been why they were following Him, and despite our ingratitude, He still sacrificed Himself for our good. Until He took His last breath, He seized every opportunity to do good for our sakes. And so as Kings, our call includes doing good because this is what the Lord does.

We are the Lord’s masterpiece, created to do good works for predestined purposes, says Ephesians 2:10. He has planned for our good, therefore, if He has commissioned us into the world, then what else could we give if not good. Our indecision and mindset of private life with Christ are preventing people from seeing the goodness of God. You do not need motivation in riches, nor a whole church series on doing good to do good. All it takes is to walk by the spirit. The opening verse gives us an understanding of the importance of the anointing of the Holy Spirit with respect to doing good. As leaders, one of the things we should be known for is our inbuilt capacity to do good without hesitation. When God is with you, you identify with His power, and His power is the precursor of good works. This is why it is possible to do all things through Christ, who strengthens you.

One key thing we must learn as leaders from the Lord is how He goes to do good and not wait for it to be requested from Him. He chases after good to do it for anyone that is in need of it, and that should be us as the Lord’s kings. The preceding verses of the chapter basically teach us to not think of anyone as unclean or impure to approach with the word of God. So as leaders, we must extend our curtains to all and sundry, knowing that the Lord came for us all and not just a selected few. Doing good covers the full piece, it is not limited to a dictionary definition. Doing good here means, serving others with the power of God upon your life, so that they may see that the Lord is surely good. It is easier to do good to your loved ones. This is why it was easy for Jesus to do good to everyone, He loved us all. We must strive to let love lead and doing good wouldn’t be burdensome but rather a lifestyle to open people’s hearts to God.

Doing good should not have conditions attached to it, nor race or people limitations. It should overlook even the persecution of those we show it and beyond. We are imitators of Christ, therefore, if He went about doing good, so must we. With the help of the Hoy Spirit, we must learn to do good to everyone.

May I find it easy to do good to everyone. Place in me the readiness to chase after doing good so that they may come to see your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Further Reading: Isaiah 61:1–3

Bible In One Year: Psalms [4–7]

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