Doing Good for Jesus

Preconceived notions are often hard to throw off.

That monster truck driving through the parking lot? Of course, the driver will laugh at our economical car.

The man in the suit and sunglasses … snooty … or the woman with the screaming kid … flighty and disorganized (perhaps even a bad parent) …

In 2020, a young man on a packed train in Australia who liked to shake up people with his outrageous clothing and shocking hair gave away his seat to a disabled couple. As the crowds thinned, the husband thanked the young man, saying, “I was surprised when you got up. Thank you for what you did.”

Are people surprised when we act like Christians? Do we appear as the world, and they are caught off guard when we reveal the Christ living in us?

Philippians 2:3-4 says:

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

When we put others first—as the young man on the train did—we become the essence of Christ. They will see him in us, and we will become the example God desires from us.

If it’s easy for the world to do good, it should be doubly easy for the servants of Christ. Do-gooders, unite! We are moving ahead for Jesus!

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