READ: “In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven” Mt 5.16.
THINK: Our light is the light of God in us. We don’t want to appear, Mt 6, but rather God’s presence in us. So we do not hide ourselves. We want others to see God’s power and love in us. In this way, they will glorify him instead of being impressed with our performance. Light represents the holiness, truth, and majesty of God, Isa 60.1; 1 Jn 1.5. Continue reading
In a Postive Quote email, John Groom cites Pablo Picasso, “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
Some Christians, out of fear or laziness or rebelliousness, refuse to get their hands dirty in the work of the Lord. One excuse heard: I don’t know how.
One brother I worked with was reluctant to teach any of his non-Christian friends for fear of messing up and never having another chance to show them the Way. Continue reading
Ever notice that fanaticism is a reprehensible quality in everything except soccer? The fan is always excited about his team, in times of victory or defeat. He never misses a game and wears the uniform everywhere.
He gave himself for us to set us free from every kind of lawlessness and to purify for himself a people who are truly his, who are eager to do good.
Titus 2:14 NET Continue reading
Doing 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?
Here’s a little UPLift item for you today.
WATER TO THE LEAST
by J. Randal Matheny (c) 2011
Every point of tiny light
Dispels the dark with ease:
The kindly word, the widow’s mite,
And water to the least of these.
Twice in as many days God’s good servants have asked me and others about the integrity of their works, after receiving criticism or so-called suggestions that called into question what they were doing.
My first reply to them both was a single word, “Pshaw!”
Yes, we should consider whether a criticism has merit. Yes, we should recognize we can always do better. Yes, we can always spare a moment to reconsider our approach. Yes, yes, yes.
BUT. Continue reading