Doing good to the end

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, September 25, 2018


And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16

A member at my church told me of the daughter of a friend of hers who is battling cancer and is at home getting hospice care. This past week they had a birthday party for the young lady, but instead of receiving gifts from others, she gave a gift to each person that attended the party. In the midst of her pain and her imminent transition to glory, she did not forget to do good and to share with others. Wow!

Many people get angry and become resentful when their sickness is not healed, or when their unemployment is prolonged, or when their finances collapse. But in today text, we are reminded to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Indeed it is a sacrifice to do good and share with others in times of hardship. But I think our testimony is more palpable and empowering when we decide to do good to the end.

Doing good as we struggle with the vicissitudes of life is a choice that is conditioned by love. Most of us are more inclined to focus on ourselves than on others. We don’t necessarily think of others in our hour of need. That’s what makes the young lady with cancer such an inspiration. She is doing good in the midst of her existential crisis.

The latter part of today’s text says: “for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” God knows how difficult it is for us to do good and to share with others, especially when we are burdened with a load of care. He is pleased with those who live to love even when their life is filled with pain and sorrow.

Doing good at any point in life is noble. However, those who cultivate a life of goodness to the end are to be appreciated for building a legacy of love and for providing a good example for us to emulate. Perhaps this is why luminaries like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are so revered.

Because the world is saturated with evil, we look for goodness in people and celebrate those who are committed to doing good to the end. There is always a tendency to be focused on self and to look out for our individual interest regardless of the condition of others. It takes a godly character to look beyond ourselves and not to forget to do good and to share with others.

We all have something no share with others notwithstanding our circumstance. At the very least, we can share compassion, kindness, and love. These things will undoubtedly cement our legacy as disciples of Jesus Christ. People may not remember the material things we give them, but they will never forget the love we share and the kindness we expressed.

Every now and then I get an email from a person who writes to thank me for something I said or did. Often times I don’t even remember the actual act or the recipient of my goodness. What I do know is that I try to do one act of random kindness (ARC) every day to counter the evil that exists. My goal is to help people remember there is still good in this world of pain.

Look for opportunities to do good even when doing good is challenging. Imagine what the world would be if everyone in it would commit to doing at least one act of random kindness every day. Today is your opportunity and mine to do good and to share of the blessings God has given us. I may never meet the young lady with cancer who gave others gifts on her birthday. But I will always remember she tried to do good to the end.

Prayer- God of mercy who in his goodness has given us salvation through the death of his Son, help us not to forget to do good and to share with others.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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