Daily Devotion

May 18, 2014

Looking Good, or Doing Good?

“Jesus…went about doing good.” Ac 10:38 NKJV

The Bible says, “God anointed Jesus…with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good.” When you’re led by God’s Spirit your focus won’t be on looking good, but on doing good. You say, “But I’m so busy!” Nobody was busier than Jesus, yet He always responded to those in need. In Luke chapter 10 He tells of a Jewish traveler who was attacked by a gang and left to die by the road. First a Levite, then a priest passed by. But each had important appointments to keep so they didn’t stop. Then a Samaritan came along. Now, he had every reason to look the other way, because the Jews and the Samaritans were long-standing enemies. Instead, “He…came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion” (Lk 10:33 NKJV). Compassion will make you stop and rearrange your priorities. This Samaritan realized that where he was at that moment was more important than his next appointment. What would you have done that day? Do you think you’d have acted like him? How about when God tries to interrupt your inflexible, tightly-organized, written-in-concrete schedule and asks you to make time for someone who’s hurting? Are you willing to forgo your plans and do what He wants? If you’re too busy to reach out to those who are hurting, you’re too busy! You say, “But I’m shy around people.” Then start with the folks you know in your local church: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal 6:10 NKJV).