“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith” – Galatians 6:10.
Do we share what we have with others whether or not we think they deserve it? We were sinners when Jesus came into the world and saved us. We didn’t deserve His forgiveness but we got it anyway and now we can share the good news of Jesus with others. Did Paul deserve to be saved after mercilessly persecuting Jesus’ followers? Jesus saved him anyway and Paul became a crusader, spreading the gospel and encouraging other believers to be steadfast in their faith. Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman about living water which if she drinks of it would never be thirty again. The woman went and told the others in her village about Him. And because of this woman, many Samaritans from that town believed in Him. (John 4:1-39)
When Jesus healed the deaf and mute men, He commanded them not to say anything but the more He did, the more they kept talking about it. What had happened was too exciting for them to keep to themselves. (Mark 7:31-37) At the time that the transfiguration took place when Jesus was speaking with Moses and Elijah and John, James and Peter saw this and heard God’s voice, they said nothing of it because Jesus told them, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.” (Matthew 17:9) But, later in one of his letters, Peter writes about it. (2 Peter 1:17-18) and it is written in Matthew’s and Luke’s gospels (Luke 9:28-36), (Matthew 17:2-9)
God blesses people with gifts that range from music, art, science, medicine, education, and religion to care giving and generosity. We can share His love simply by smiling at someone, listening to someone’s troubles, lending a hand, giving them our time, encouragement, making a difference by donating to charities, running for the cure of cancer, signing a letter that could stop a young mother from being stoned to death in Nigeria, helping to stop violence against women, helping the poor, feeding the hungry, helping the homeless, protecting physically and sexually abused victims and simply being kind to people. Let’s follow this advice, “But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” (Hebrews 13:16)