By Kelli Campbell
“Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.” Acts 9:36
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” Acts 10:38
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
When we hear that someone has a chronic illness, has lost a loved one or some other tragedy, how often do we wonder or say to ourselves, “What do I say to them?” We feel sorry for them and hate that they are suffering but we often worry over what we are going to say. They are already hurting so you sure do not want to say anything to make it worse. We want to say something encouraging or comforting but often say the newest cliche that does not help anyone.
Since my husband has arachnoiditis, a lifetime of pain with no cure, that was caused by a doctor, what can someone say? Honestly, there is not anything you can say that will help or change anything. What does it help to say? We love for people to say, “I love you and I am praying for you.” It, also, helps, when you have a lifetime condition that will never change, to know people have not forgotten you. An occasional call, text or note helps the one suffering to know they are not forgotten. It is not what you say it is being there for a friend or loved one that helps.
I was reading in Acts recently and I read that Jesus went about “doing good.” I have read that many times but with the recent trial that we have in our life it leapt out at me. There is no way I could list every way Jesus was doing good but He left us an example to follow.
I met a lady last year, in Nebraska, at a church, where my husband was preaching. We only met and talked for a few minutes. She told me her name was Karen Bell. She is married and has five children. She is home schooling all of them and is very active in her church. Needless to say, she is a very busy lady. I gave her my contact information not thinking anything of it. This sweet, beautiful lady, almost every single day, has sent me a text message, with a Bible verse, and a word of encouragement to “Keep Smiling.” She is going about doing good. Not only does she text me, but I get an occasional call and card in the mail. I cannot tell you how she has encouraged me. She has taught her daughters the spirit of doing good by example. The next time we saw the Bells, her daughters brought us a homemade cheesecake and a gift of body lotions. I know I have made a forever friend. She did the doing good part the Bible speaks of. I am benefitting from her friendship and Christlikeness here on earth. She will reap the rewards in Heaven.
I use her as an example because all of us use the excuse of life being so busy that we do not have time to go about doing good. It is not her words that I remember it is her actions. We are missing out on eternal rewards and living as Jesus did. Jesus did not say always make sure you say the right thing. He said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16. I see Jesus in her. She is glorifying her Heavenly Father. I, also, know that I am not the only recipient of her doing good.
I have learned a lot from Karen in this last year. I know I have room to improve in the area of doing good. I want to be more like Jesus and I do want to glorify my Heavenly Father here on earth that others may see Him. My God is so good!
Jesus said we are to walk in good works. Are you going about doing good?