Good deeds have always been, and always should be, encouraged – whether it’s helping someone move, assisting an elderly person, or simply giving out small gifts to strangers.
While sometimes the secular and Christian charities and good deeds look similar, the reason behind them can differ greatly.
Many good outreach efforts from the community that I’ve witnessed in my lifetime were due to there being some kind of crisis: Hurricane Katrina, the Twin Towers attacks (9/11), and others.
While it’s very touching to see the best come out of people during times of need and disaster, sometimes the only reason for doing good stems from the fact that something bad has occurred.
I’m certainly not condemning the charities and those who do good in the face of misfortune, I applaud them! God designed us in his image, and his kindness shows through in crisis.
However, there’s something special about one who does good to others not because of something bad, but because God is good.
Philippians 2:13 says “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (NIV).
There is so much more joy to be had when someone loves and does good to others because they want to celebrate God’s goodness.
So this week, keep in mind that joy is the best fuel for doing good.
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