Read: Galatians 6:6-10
Doing good was not an “extracurricular activity” with Jesus. It was a Spirit-empowered way of life. As Jesus went about doing good, it impacted the lives of those He touched. Paul the apostle said, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10).
For Thomas Chalmers, there is no better way to leave a lasting legacy. He said, “Thousands of Christians breathe, move and live, pass off the stage of life, and are heard no more. Why? They did not partake of good, and none in the world were blessed by them. None could point to them as the guide to their redemption. They wrote nothing, and nothing they said could be recalled. And so they passed on, remembered no more than insects of yesterday. Will you live and die this way, O man immortal? Live for something. Do good, and leave behind a monument of virtue. Write your name in kindness, love, and mercy on the hearts of all you come in contact with; you will never be forgotten. No, your name, your deeds will be as legible on the hearts you leave behind as the stars on the brow of evening. Good deeds will shine as the stars of heaven.”
For some, good life is defined as getting all you can out of life. But for the Christian, it is giving all you can to life. It is giving out to others like Jesus. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). Brightening someone’s day with kindness, returning good for evil in the office, the classroom, or sharing someone’s grief – the possibilities are endless. The person you help may never know your name. But God will never forget the good you did in His name.