Be intentional about doing good

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Be intentional about doing good.”
 
I honestly don’t know how many verses there are in the Bible that instruct us to do good deeds, but there are a lot. I tried counting them but stopped once I passed 100. I mean seriously, God has made His point. Does it really matter if He said it 99 times or 110 times? The fact is He has clearly, overwhelmingly, and convincingly revealed to us in the Bible that we are to go out into the world and as Jesus said, let others see your good works so they will give glory to God.
 
So, no pew potatoes, please. We have to get up and get going. We have work to do. God requires it; Jesus taught it; and the Holy Spirit empowers it. And, God has made it a matter of personal responsibility for us. It’s an important part of how we practice our faith, and we have to be intentional about doing it.
 
One important way to accomplish this is as a church family. That’s why at Oak Hill Baptist we base our church life on the Acts 1:8 model of ministry. This is a structure that results in us having ministry partners and ministry projects in our city, our state, our country, and in other places around the world. As a result, there’s never a time in our church life when we’re not all working together to prepare for the next ministry activity that will take us, as a group, outside the walls of the church buildings to shine the light of Jesus in a hurting and broken world. If you would like more information about how the Acts 1:8 model of ministry works, let me know and I’ll be happy to email it to you.
 
However, as important as those group efforts are, serving others and doing good deeds should be a regular part of our personal practice of the faith. Doing those things should be so much a part of who we are as a disciple of Jesus Christ, that doing them is second nature to us. It’s simply who we are and how we live.
 
I once read a challenging question that I find both convicting and inspiring. So much so, that I wrote it down and periodically ask it of myself: “As I go through life, do I leave blessings in my wake? Do I leave a trail of gladness behind? Let it be said that, ‘He went about doing good and blessing people.’” I want that to be true of me, and I hope you want it to be true of you too.
 
I encourage all of us to be intentional about doing good. God requires it of us. He has made it a matter of personal responsibility.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim  
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