Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Good Deeds

He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good.” -Rabindranath Tagore

Apostle Paul, the man who wrote 2/3rds of the New Testament, who helped the poor, and who started churches across the world, called himself “chief of sinners.”  Paul was keenly aware of his depravity without Christ, and his dependency on Christ.  Likewise, in spite of the good deeds we do, we may look at ourselves and worry, “If people really knew whom I was deep down, then they wouldn’t think that I was a very good person.”  Here’s the thing: we don’t have to go around calling ourselves “good.”  Our human nature is bent towards sin, but it’s Christ’s working power within that is changing us, leading us towards good deeds.  And practically speaking, others don’t judge us on who we are “deep down”—all they see is what we do. 

For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose (Philippians 2:13, NIV).

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