“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”
What is good? According to scripture to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God; this is good (Micah 6:8). Love your neighbor as yourself; this, too, is good (Matthew 22:39). Learn to be the servant of all, extend your hand to the needy, look after widows and orphans in their distress; these are all good. There’s so much more described as good. Go ahead. Do a search of the word and see what else there is. For a daily dose of good to do, read a chapter a day from the book of Proverbs. This will take you through a month. Good is that thing that is beneficial, uplifting, helpful, and life giving. Good builds up. It supports, it grows, it loves. And ultimately, it points others to God.
Someone once called Jesus good and he replied, Don’t call me good; only God is good (Mark 10:18). If only God is good, then all that is good reflects on Him. When we do good, we are engaging in that which shows what God is like, and it draws others to Him. Brant Hansen, author of the must-read book Unoffendable, noted that a neighbor he didn’t really know once remarked to him that when he observed Brant spending time with his family, it somehow made him think of God. He didn’t know why; it just did. This is because spending time with your family is a good thing. And good is who God is. Brant was giving his neighbor a glimpse of God’s goodness, even if he didn’t realize it.
When we know to do good and we don’t do it, we sin. We might as well just say, Sorry, God. I don’t care enough about your heart for other people and your wanting others to know you. Check in with me later. I might feel like being about your agenda then. Ouch. Yeah. Doing good isn’t about Brownie points and Boy Scout badges. It’s not about accolades and awards. It’s not even about feeling good about ourselves. It has nothing to do with us at all. It has everything to do with reflecting God so others are drawn to Him. Go. Do good.
Father, help me to do the good I ought. So often I do what I shouldn’t do or don’t want to do, or I just do nothing. Please forgive me. I want to be about your Kingdom business.