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SIMPLY DOING GOOD

SIMPLY DOING GOOD

One of the most amazing things about Jesus is his approach to time management.

As Peter preaches to the Gentiles about Jesus in Acts 10, one of the key things he mentions is that Jesus ‘went about doing good.’ He was a man in demand, with the not insignificant task of training 12 men to lead a movement that would change the world. Yet central to his ministry was simply ‘doing good’.

Throughout the gospels, we see Jesus’ agenda seemingly interrupted by the demands of seemingly random people. But every story was selected by the gospel writers for a reason; nothing arrived by accident.

So what are they trying to tell us? Surely that what we see in his life is a glimpse of what he was to do in his death:

Jesus lay down his life for others.

Following Jesus means doing the same – laying down our lives as he laid down his.

That’s a hard thing to do, and, to be honest, we’re experts at finding reasons not to obey it: I need to work these extra hours to provide for my family. I need skip that so I can study more for these exams. I need to hang on to that money because I deserve that holiday. I need…

But if we let them, Jesus’ words cut through our excuses: ‘If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it’ (Matthew 16:25 NLT).

What Now?

How do you tend to respond when God tries to interrupt your inflexible, tightly-organised, written-in-concrete schedule and asks you to make time for someone who’s hurting?

’He went about doing good… for God was with him’ Acts 10:38 ESV

Joy Ferdiz

July 18th, 2014

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