And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. Acts 10:38 (TNLB)
You probably remember the Wesley brothers, John and Charles, for their sermons and songs. John is credited for averting in England the kind of bloody civil war that occurred in France. Although they were both known for preaching salvation by faith in Christ rather than works, John famously said,
Do all the good you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
At all the times you can
By all the means you can
To all the people you can
As long as ever you can.
We don’t reach out in love to others in order to win favor with God, and we don’t do our good deeds in order to earn our salvation. However, when we love him, we just can’t help ourselves from wanting to please him. Any good that comes from us is an expression of our love for God and an evidence of his presence in us. Jesus told Peter that if Peter loved him, he would show it by doing what Jesus told him to do (John 14:15 Message).
It’s already late in the afternoon, but I’m thinking of ways to do all the good I can, however, and wherever I can. Not only will it bring joy to the people I touch, but it brings pleasure to my Father and great joy to me.
Heavenly Father, remove from me every obstacle that blocks me from doing good. Remove the self-orientation, and use me to bless your world—as long as ever I can. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.