One good deed creates opportunity for another

opportunityDoing a good work creates opportunities to do more good works. When one does good, doors open and the good is multiplied. Whoever thinks he lacks opportunity, therefore, needs to act and more opportunities will appear than one can take advantage of.

Jesus returned to the city of Cana in Galilee, where he had changed water into wine. A government official was in Cana. His son was sick in Capernaum.
John 4:46 GW

The first miracle recorded in the gospel of John is the wedding wine in Cana. When Jesus returned there, the royal official must have heard of that first miracle and, because of that, searched out the Lord to ask him to help his sick son.

The first miracle of Christ did not save anyone, did not cure anyone, did not raise anyone from the dead. It merely spared the person in charge of the party embarrassment. This time, Jesus cures the son of an important official from a distance.

Do today the small good so that tomorrow you may perform a greater work.


Can you think of another setting or moment where this principal applies?

J. Randal Matheny

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3 thoughts on “One good deed creates opportunity for another

  1. Seems that most of Jesus’ ‘distractions’ at one event turned into opportunities for some other good. How many times was he busy doing one thing when another opportunity came to Him? People doing the Lord’s work will not always have to find good to do, it will often find them!

  2. I have heard it said, in jest, “No good deed goes unpunished.”, I suppose one could see it that way.
    The hungry multitude, really the realization of their plight interrupted His sermon. He took that issue and turned it into a teaching opprotunity. Do not worry about what you do not have, but be thankful for what you do have and give thanks to the Lord for them.

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