Do good. That’s my motto this year. Simple and to the point. Do good. My motto comes from my scripture motto Galatians 6:9-10.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith (New Living Translation).
It’s very easy to get tired of doing good. It’s easy to compare yourself to others when you get tired of doing good too. It’s easy to say, well they aren’t doing good, and they certainly aren’t doing good to me, so why try? Because the Bible tells me so.
Scripture isn’t saying we’ve got to be best friends with everybody. It’s not saying everyone has to be in our inner circle to show that we’re being kind. It’s just saying, hey be good to people. Be good especially to those in the family of faith. And be good to those who aren’t because they need it most. They don’t have an eternal hope, don’t you think they need goodness even more?
Do good for people, and be good to people whenever you can. Goodness isn’t weakness, it’s holiness.
- Why do we want to procrastinate or to not try?
- We don’t want to work wholeheartedly – Colossians 3:23-24; Ephesians 6:7
- Selfishness says, “I don’t feel like it. So, I don’t have to.” – Jeremiah 17:9
- Pride says, “I shouldn’t have to.” – John 13:1-17 “Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet”
- Eric Thomas, “Behind your feelings is nothing.”
How do we overcome procrastination?
- Be immediate – Matthew 25:16, “He went at once…”
- Appreciate time – Psalm 90:12
- Discernment – Psalm 32:8; 1 Corinthians 6:12, 10:23 (Just because it’s good doesn’t mean it’s necessary)
- Serve – Galatians 2:10, 6:10; Proverbs 21:13; Psalm 82:3-4
So, last week, we were watching a choir, and my uncle was asking why he couldn’t hear anything. Somehow, the TV had been muted, so my cousin said, the TV is muted so turn mute off.
What’s interesting is that we could see what was happening, but couldn’t take part in it because we couldn’t hear. We had the resource, we had the access, we were tuned in and could see it, but we couldn’t get involved. Not until we activated something.
We had the access and the resource, but we hadn’t activated them. And the same thing applies to our lives. Today, we see needs. We know we can meet them. We have access to people who could use our help. We have the resources. But have we activated them?
We’re waiting on something else to happen when all along we have the access and resources in our own hands to get involved and make it work.
Embracing Changes for Good in Relationships: T.I.C.S.
Relationships are important. Relationships are good (Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). And even though they are important and good, there are still times when we don’t want to embrace the new things that come with them. Is it fear? Do we not want to change? Is it the fear of change? Tonight, we will discuss a few components that have to take place in true relationships.
- Trust – “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”—Stephen Covey
- Why is it hard to trust?
- Trust equals vulnerability, we don’t like to be vulnerable.
- Read Proverbs 3:5-6: If your trust is in the Lord, He will give you the ability to wisely trust others.
- Identity – “The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose.”—Richard Grant
- We don’t like to change who we are, no matter how much we need to, but why?
- Galatians 3:26; Romans 8:14-16 – I am a child of God.
- Your most important part of your identity never changes.
- You don’t know who you are until you know Whose you are. —Ronnie Williams
- Compromise – “Let no one think that flexibility and a predisposition to compromise is a sign of weakness or a sell-out.”—Paul Kagame
- Why not compromise?
- I have to give of myself and trust you will do the same (thus leaving me vulnerable) …
- Read Philippians 2:3-4: Show others that they matter.
Note: John 14:15: Compromise anywhere you can, but certainly not your beliefs.
- Sacrifice – “The most sublime act is to set another before you.” —William Blake
- We don’t like or want to give up anything (especially if we don’t like to compromise).
- Read John 15:13 – If giving up my life is great love, why can’t I give up my time, money, pride, etc.?
How can we cope with change?
Reprogram from society’s thinking: Have to v. Get to Mindset
- We get to grow in these areas.
Question of the Day: If we struggle with these changes, and we are meant to be agents of change what are the steps that we are taking to build relationships with those in our communities who will struggle with the same things?
Beauty and the Beast – The transition of a flourishing relationship when one learns to trust, compromise, and sacrifice to become a better person.
I guess the way that Paul feels about the Galatians is the way you feel about us, God. Paul was saying I came and taught you and you keep wanting to hold these standards that don’t have to be anymore.
And I imagine that’s how you feel, God. You’re saying, “I’ve saved you, and yet you keep on reverting back to these old ways that I’ve already saved you from. You keep placing this standard on yourself that I’m not even placing on you. And that I knew you couldn’t achieve anyway, so that’s why I had a plan all along.”
Why is it that when God forgives us, we still try to earn it? When God saves us, we still try to do enough to earn it? We can’t. And God has made that quite clear. And the truth is, I think that it is so habit-forming of us that we don’t realize what we’re doing to ourselves.
Sometimes when I sin I feel like God isn’t going to give me something. I feel like that sin has subtracted from the blessing I was going to get. And as hard as it is to believe or process, God doesn’t think like that. Little by little we can grow to understand how He doesn’t think, but we’ll never fully understand how He does.
I agree that God is not going to bless any mess. But God does bless. After all, you are alive, and sometimes the blessing we miss is the fact that He allows us another day to pray for forgiveness for what we did the day before.
And when I think of the many blessings I already don’t deserve, having the opportunity to repent and ask for forgiveness for my sins is easily at the top.