Doing good deeds will lead you into your divine purpose and keep you in it.
The journey continues…
Mother Teresa spent most of her life helping the poor and vulnerable. In the process, she formed the Missionaries of the Poor which opened houses and foundations worldwide. Oftentimes, when we think about our purpose, we consider grand ideas such as, becoming the CEO of a worldwide ministry or developing a unique technological device. There is nothing wrong with having good aspirations, in fact, one of the emphasis these days is to dream big, and excel. However, God did not create everyone to be the CEO of an organization, hence, our dreams should be aligned with God’s plan for us. The apostle Paul says in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Interestingly, doing good deeds is at the heart of our purpose.
The Bible says that Jesus went about doing good (Acts 10:38). He looked at illnesses, sadness, hunger, and death as opportunities to connect with people and improve their lives. Most importantly, He showed them what the Kingdom of Heaven is about; love, grace, and mercy. One of God’s plans for us is to do good to everyone. Therefore, if you are searching for your purpose, or feeling stuck, I am suggesting that you focus on speaking kind words to yourself and others, and doing good deeds. The Bible says, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).
The World Bank has predicted that 150 million people will be living in poverty at the end of 2021. This social issue will increase psychological illnesses such as stress, depression, and anxiety. Irrespective of the country that you are residing, there is an urgent need for your assistance in doing good regularly. You will be amazed at the power of a genuine smile and how are you today? or may I pay for your groceries? If you are having difficulty identifying the areas in which you can assist, the Holy Spirit is willing to help you, ask Him, and listen for a response.
Five (5) Bible verses about Jesus doing good.
1. Matthew 9:6-8
“But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins, he then said to the paralytic, ‘Rise, pick up your bed and go home.’ And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.”
2. John 2: 1-9
“On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, ‘They have no more wine.’ ‘Woman, why do you involve me?’ Jesus replied. ‘My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, ‘Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.’ They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine…”
3. Mark 8:22-26
“And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, ‘Do you see anything?’ And he looked up and said, ‘I see men, but they look like trees, walking.’ Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. And he sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”
4. Matthew 8:5-13
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Shall I come and heal him?’ The centurion replied, ‘Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.’ Then Jesus said to the centurion, ‘Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.’ And his servant was healed at that moment.
5. Matthew 14:15-20
“As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.’ Jesus replied, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.’ ‘We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,’ they answered. ‘Bring them here to me,’ he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.”
Jesus used His gifts and abilities to help and empower people, and glorify His Father. What are your gifts and abilities? How are you using them to help people?
Commitment to Doing Good
If you have a desire to emulate Jesus and do good, ask Him to give you the discipline to translate the desire into action. You may complete the Commitment statement below and keep it with you as a reminder.
I ___________________commit to do at least one good deed per day with the help of the Holy Spirit effective ________________.
The good deeds may involve:
- Praying for someone
2. Speaking encouraging words.
3. Listening to someone’s problem.
4. Holding the door open for a stranger.
5. Donating groceries to a food pantry or homeless person.
I pray that our Heavenly Father will give you a heart for the poor and vulnerable, and you will use your gifts to help them, and glorify His name. Amen!