Do Good and Don’t Come Down

 

“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 ever you can.” John Wesley – Anglican cleric and Christian theologian.

Our salvation isn’t based on works but, as we know, faith without works is dead. Nothing functions in a more perfect way than the double blessing of doing good. You bless others and you get blessed in the process. While getting a blessing isn’t our motive for helping others or doing good works, it sure is a nice by-product especially since the double blessing is by God’s design. You reap what you sow… what goes around comes around. It’s a law understood by most.

Some people get locked up in their thinking because they believe doing good only comes in big packages containing big ideas. Truth is, the simple things of life, like being kind, concerning yourself with others and spreading God’s love in word and deed qualify at the same level. Good is good no matter how lofty the plan or how regular the deed… God loves it all. Plus, people are moved to change, or motivated to move upward, by everything you do that reflects God’s heart for people and His purpose for you.

The caution is, for every step forward we make toward the continuation of a good work the enemy makes a step to block us. Usually it’s with some temptation or distraction that might not in itself be evil but will slow us down or even derail us from the good work God is calling us to do. When Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall in Jerusalem, the enemy king sent soldiers to distract him, as the work was nearing completion. Nehemiah’s response to the soldiers’ requests for him to come away from the work encourages me to this day. Nehemiah recognized the potential distraction and refused to comply.

“So I sent messengers to them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?” Nehemiah 6:3

What’s your distraction? What is the thing that pulls you off course and disengages you from completing the good work in front of you that will bless God, a single someone or the many in your path, and yourself as well? What is that tempting smell of honey that rises as a threat from the ground up to the top of the ladder where your good work nears completion?

Ask the Lord to help you know when a distraction comes your way and what it looks like whether obviously evil or appearing to be good. Ask Him to help you realize the importance of the work He has for you. Pray for Holy Spirit discernment that would allow you to quickly identify the thing that will take you down from the good work that He is doing in and through you. And when that thing confronts you speak out loud and with authority to the evil one who sent it and say as Nehemiah did, “I’m doing a great work and I cannot come down!”

 

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Bassist of Blues Counsel. Has worked on every side of the music industry. He is currently on staff as at Grace Chapel in Franklin, TN as Minister of Pastoral Care.

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