Alton Webteam: September 2016
Are you good?
How would you define the word 'good'? It is a word we use a lot. We talk about good food and good weather. We say, 'Have a good day' or 'He did a good job' or 'I had a good time.' The word is used in a lot of many different ways.
The Bible has a lot to say about goodness.
'God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.'
Why was it good? Because it was exactly the way God intended it to be. It fulfilled the purpose for which it was created. 'Goodness' means fulfilling a purpose. It is being what God meant you to be.
God made you for a purpose. When you live the way God intends for you to live — you will be good in God's eyes. Your life will become meaningful. You will feel that you are doing what God intended you to do.
But there's a problem — it's not in our nature to be good. We were all born with a natural inclination toward selfishness. We all like to have our way.
Sadly there are a lot of times I don't want to be good either. In fact a lot of times — I like to be bad! Sometimes I would rather be unloving than loving. I would rather make a smart remark than a kind one. Sometimes I just want to be selfish. Sometimes I am just plain mean. Often I am lazy. Sometimes I just don't care. Sometimes I really don't like myself.
The truth is I know what I should do — but I just don't want to do it. I am sure anyone reading this has the same problem. You know what is right — but you just want to do wrong.
The Christian life is not easy but it is eternally worthwhile. Doing good is not always easy but there is a reward. Galatians 6:9 says:
"Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith." Gal 6:9-10
I hope that you can discern what God wants from you over the coming week and that with His help you can be 'good'.
Blessings, Judith Janes.
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