Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6: 7-10
Have you ever thought about how much you enjoy doing good for people? It is always pretty interesting to take the time to think about this question. If you were to ask me, I would say absolutely yes!
As someone who struggles with being a people pleaser and being performance driven, I can be tempted to lose my identity in doing good for others. I will not approach doing good as a way to reflect Jesus to those around me, I will do good because it makes me feel good and it sort of boosts me up.
My challenge is to stay focused on re-presenting Jesus in what I do. But I have many conversations with people about how they are tired of doing good. I can recall giving them such a puzzled look as their response spilled out, followed by a long vent session on why. Their responses typically included, “No one seems to notice,” “I do not think it even makes a difference,” “It wears me out so much,” and so on.
I get it though, because of my mentioned struggles above I often find myself exhausted at the end of the day by “doing good.” It can be tough in this world to constantly do good. It should not be hard to believe we will be met without any sort of acknowledgment for all the good we do. I feel as though some people believe they are entitled to good treatment, or good treatment makes them suspicious of some underlying motive.
When we look at Jesus we see His life was saturated with doing good. The beautiful aspect of seeing how Jesus did good throughout His life is to see how every time Jesus did something good, He immediately pointed it towards His Father.
Every time He healed someone, saved someone, encouraged them, challenged their way of living and ultimately His journey to die on the cross all pointed towards God. Jesus had a perfect approach to life by doing everything in order to bring glory to God. Now, we have the same opportunity.
The reason Paul encourages the church in Galatia to not grow weary is because there is a greater purpose. The purpose of us doing good deeds is not to receive glory, be seen, or even to make someone just feel good; everything is meant to point back to the Father. True goodness is in God’s character, and God’s character cannot be changed.
When we do good deeds we have the opportunity to point people back to God. We get the chance to show His character to people, and help them see a good and loving God who desires the best for their lives. One of my favorite verses of all time is Romans 8:28 which tells us, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,for those who are called according to his purpose.”
We are only able to do good deeds because we serve and look to a God who works all things together for good. This verse does not mean every single thing which occurs in life will be good, but it serves as a reminder of how God does not waste anything in our lives. With God as our storyteller we can never discount the tough times in life, because God has a good purpose we cannot see.
We should be stirred to good works because God is so good to us. We do good as a response to His goodness. We can feel weary as we do good, but we should never stop.
Have you ever felt burnt out by doing good? What was your goal for doing good?
Consider the call to do good purely because it reflects God, how should this change our approach?
Father, thank you for doing so much good for me. Surely Your goodness and mercy follows me all my days. I pray I would have a heart which reflects Your heart. A heart willing to do good so You can be known and seen by the people around me. I am grateful for You and Your goodness. I pray all of this in Your holy name, Amen.
PC3 writer Davy Nance wrote today’s devotional.