1 Peter 3: 8-22
There are so many verses throughout the Bible that encourages everyone to live in peace and love with one another. But, you look around the world today and it seems like a lot of folks have become so self-centered that they could really care less about someone else.
“It's all about me!”
“What can I get out of life? And who do I need to step on to get me there?”
It seems like that's pretty much the philosophy of the world. I mean, there are some folks that reach out to others out of kindness, but it seems like they are far and few between.
When you think of 'doing good' for others you probably think of opening doors for the little old ladies at Wally World. How about giving a homeless man on the street corner a few bucks? Or helping an organization give toys to the needy at Christmas time? Or feeding the hungry at Thanksgiving? These are all ways of doing good for others and actually helps the community. However, how would we suffer for doing these good deeds? The people around us are usually supportive of it and I can't think of anyone that would make us feel bad for trying to help someone in need. Well, maybe one.
I believe our biggest enemy for doing good is ourselves. It seems we all debate within our minds if we should help someone. Am I right? We judge the needy person mentally to determine if they are truly in need and if we should be the one to offer the help.
Maybe offering to help the little old lady with the door isn't a big mind battle because opening it for her only takes a few seconds. But, helping that homeless man on the corner is a major issue. The mind battle begins.
First, we are offering a portion of our hard-earned money to someone we don't really know.
Is this man really in need? I mean, he looks homeless, but it could just be a money scam. And what if he is homeless? What problems does he have in his life that brought him to this low point? Was it drugs or alcohol abuse? Who's to say that my money won't be used to buy him more drugs and alcohol? If that's the case, then I'm not helping!
And the thought of helping pass out toys at Christmas.
Who's to say that those people standing in line aren't just there to 'milk the system'? What if they aren't really in need? What if they are just folks trying to get freebies? I don't want to be part of that!
It's the same mind battle for helping the hungry at Thanksgiving, too.
The sufferings we go through as Christians for doing good are mostly the ones we create in our mind. It's a battle within ourselves.
Here's another way to view the world that will help us to continue doing good like the Bible says:
In everything we do, do it as though we were doing it for Jesus. This way we won't have to judge a person on whether they need our help because it won't really matter. We are then acting on faith and doing it for Jesus. If we give someone money and they buy drugs with it, it's their problem and not ours. We gave because they were in our path and we reached out to serve the Lord out of being good folks. We also recognize Him as being in charge of our lives and as our Provider. If we were being taken advantage of, the Lord will fix it on our end. He will also deal with the person that wronged us.
This type of good deed then becomes a testimony of our faith and could possibly open the door to share it with someone.
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