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DON'T BE WEARY IN DOING GOOD

Jesus is God. He is God the Son who came in human flesh to help and save humanity. Though He is fully God, He was fully man while on earth. This means that He set aside His sovereignty as God and took on human nature and for this reason, He was physically subjected to human attack, challenge and opposition. However, all of these experiences did not stop Him from going around to do good.

Reference: Acts 10:38 New International Version (NIV) 'how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.'


Having studied this Scripture and analysed it from a personal standpoint, I grasped one important lesson. Yes it's true that Jesus went about doing good, but He encountered or attracted diverse hatred and opposition. Sometimes, Jesus went out of His way to do good because He was never deterred by danger or difficulty. If you study the entire the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, which describe Jesus' miraculous moments from a similar point of view, as contrasted with that of John, you'll notice one thing for sure: Jesus encountered inconveniences and took extra trouble for doing good.


In a particular instance, Jesus was walking along the way with His disciples and suddenly, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. He spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man's eyes. Then He told him, "Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam". So the man went and washed and came back seeing! When people began to notice that the man could see, they took him to the Pharisees. And because it was on the Sabbath that Jesus healed him, the Pharisees asked the man who did so and they also got furious about it.


Instead of rejoicing, Some of the Pharisees began to murmur and complain about the healing saying, "This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath." Others said, "But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?" Because of this, there was a deep division of opinion among them. It got to a point where the Jewish leaders refused to believe that the man was ever blind and could now see. So they sent for His parents. Even the parents asked their son to speak for himself, admitting that He was old enough to defend himself. His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who had announced that anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue. The leaders still furious, sent for the man the second time and told him, "God should get the glory for this healing, because we know this man Jesus is a sinner" (see John 9:10-41(NLT).


It is still the same in today's world. Once you stand for what is right and take the right steps to do good, the forces of this world will rise against you. However, evil forces and negative influences did not stop Jesus from having gracious intentions and accomplishing them because God was with Him. For this reason, you are unstoppable, as Christ's representative here on earth. Christ's perseverance and singleness of purpose help us to stay determined in administering the practical application of doing good and standing for what is right in today's world, come what may. Hebrews 13:16 reads, 'And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.'


The golden news is that Christ has left us an example, so that we might follow in His steps. Therefore, the Bible says, 'So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up' (Galatians 6:9 NLT). Simply put, refuse to be weary or discouraged in doing good. Hallelujah!


Scripture Reading - Psalm 37:3; Proverbs 3:27; Luke 6:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:13; Galatians 6:10; 1 Timothy 6:18.


Exuberant Declaration: God has made me an agent of good works and a conveyor of eternal verities. As Jesus is, so am I in this world. Therefore His nature is my unparalleled advantage and His anointing is working in me sufficiently, propelling me to do good and fulfil His good pleasure in my world. Hallelujah!


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