|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
Our Bible verse for today: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:10 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Do all the good you can”
This month we’re using the statement from Leighton Ford, “I surround myself with the thoughts of people who have thought much about God”, as a springboard to consider great thoughts from great Christians. This morning I want us to consider perhaps that most famous quote from the great pastor, writer, and theologian, John Wesley.
John Wesley lived a long life (88 years) in England in the 1700s. Along with his brother Charles, they founded the Methodist denomination. Together they wrote many of the great hymns of the church from that era, but John Wesley’s greatest contribution came from his preaching, teaching, and writing. Here’s the statement he’s most often remembered for:
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”
That’s what the Apostle Paul was getting at in Galatians 6:10 above. It’s what Jesus taught in Matthew 25:31-46 when He encouraged His followers to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, house the homeless, visit the sick and those in prison. He said that it’s so important to Him for us to engage in those kinds of acts of mercy, compassion, and blessing, that when we do it, He receives our acts as if we are ministering to and blessing Him personally. This is also what the Old Testament prophet Micah meant when he wrote in Micah 6:8, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Let me ask you this morning, are people better off as a result of having had an encounter with you? Is their day better, has their situation improved because you were there? As you move through your days do you leave blessings and joy in your wake?
John Wesley made it a point to intentionally bless people everywhere he went and he encouraged others to do it too. It was a major part of the practice of his faith. That should be true for all of us as well. It has been rightly said that “People won’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.” Actions speak louder than words. I encourage you to go out today and do all the good you can for all the people you can.
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