Embrace the Opportunity

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. Galatians 6:9-10 NLT

Children naturally enjoy helping others; especially if they see that behavior in the care givers around them. There are many stories circulating about children who saw someone in need and they decided to make a difference. But there are so many children who help their classmates in the classroom when that child is struggling to understand a new concept or step in on the playground when one child decides to bully one of their friends.

So here the Apostle Paul was encouraging the Galatian Church to continue doing good.  Why was that necessary? Well at times people tend to focus on the people that they helped and how they responded. That can be dangerous because people can be unthankful. In Luke 17 Jesus healed ten men who were lepers. Sadly, only one man returned to give thanks. Did Jesus allow the actions of the nine to dictate how he responded to people in need? No! In the next chapter, Jesus healed a blind beggar. You see, doing good is not dependent on the behavior of the person you showed kindness; it’s a decision you make as you honor God and love your neighbor as yourself.

Sometimes people become focused on the lack of gratitude but that could be problematic in their lives. It could cause you to change your focus and fix your attention on others, instead on focusing on what God’s love demands. Jesus asked about the other nine but addressed the one who came to give thanks.  So don’t be surprised when those you showed kindness become unthankful for the services you provided. It happened to Jesus and it will happen to you. So don’t give up; whenever the opportunity to do good presents itself, embrace it and do good without looking back. One day when you least expect it. God will reward your faithful service.

Thought for Today: Friend, keep focused and continue your good work.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith.

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