3 REASONS TO DO GOOD REGARDLESS OF THE GROWING EVIL IN THE WORLD
Recently, I was demoralised by an experience that led me to some deep thoughts about where the world is headed. Everywhere I looked, I was confronted by a disregard of standards of decency and uprightness. It seemed to me that those of us on the side of good were hopelessly outnumbered and losing out in the unending tussle between good and evil.
As parents, teachers, and in whatever other walks of life we find ourselves as Christians, I know that many of us have had to grapple with this issue at one point or another. We may have been put in a position where we asked ourselves, “Why build a legacy of respect, kindness and honesty when those who succeed us may toe a totally different path?”
As I meditated on this and prayed to encourage my heart, I decided to do this blog post to bless others who may have had the same kind of struggle.Here are 3 reasons to do good regardless of the evil multiplying in the world. Click To Tweet
3 Reasons To Do Good Regardless …
1. We are the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-15). This is who we are. God commands us to do good and He has equipped us with the guidance of His word and the power of His Spirit (the Holy Ghost) to do so.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
(Related: 3 Things That Can Cover A Believer’s Light)
When we do otherwise, we lose our peace. But when we live in righteousness as we are commanded, our impact goes further than we can imagine. And we get a testimony like that of our Master, Jesus, of whom the Bible said that God anointed Him “with the Holy Ghost and with power” and He “went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil” (Acts 10:38).
Some people are tethering on the edge between good and evil. Our good conduct may just be what they need to show them there’s a better way to live than to blend with the prevailing darkness. And like salt, our lives preserve the world from utter ruin.
2. Besides, there is a reward in this life for doing good: That is why the Bible admonishes us to not be weary in doing good because we will reap if we faint not. – Galatians 6:9
There are still those who appreciate the good we do and celebrate us to inspire others. In the midst of my downcast state, a former student of mine wrote a tribute to me, which he shared on his Facebook page. It attracted some other ex-students of the department where I teach at the University of Nigeria and they said a lot of nice things about the way I do my job. This is both a reward and an encouragement sent by God when I needed it.
We need to realise that God takes note of every good thing we do and rewards us in His own way and at His own time.
So cheer up, brother, sister in the Lord, for it is not all in vain.
“10. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
12. That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” – Hebrews 6:10 & 12
3. We are not really of this world, we ambassadors of Christ, our King, who is coming to take us to be with Him forever. This is what the Lord Jesus said of us:
“They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” – John 17:16
“1. Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” – John 14:1-3
And Apostle Paul states as follows:
“14. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
20. … our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” – Phillipians 3:14 & 20 (NIV).
It is our faith in the Lord Jesus, which we live out everyday in doing good, that will gain us admission into that final rest with Him.
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” – 2 Corinthians 7:1
“12. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
14. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” – Revelation 22:12-14
Nothing that this world has to offer can compare with that place of bliss our Lord has promised us. When we keep it before us, our hearts will be strengthened to keep doing good.
“1. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4. When Christ who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” – Colossians 3:1-4
As for our legacy on earth, we should leave that in God’s hands to preserve and bless people with, if He so wishes, all to the glory of His name.Our God is still supreme and evil will ultimately be destroyed. Click To Tweet
We should never let our zeal for doing good be dampened no matter what. Of a truth, some of the things we witness today are shocking and sometimes they come from the most unexpected quarters, including from Christians, but the word of God warned us that it shall be so. Remember Apostle Paul’s admonition about perilous times (2 Timothy 3) and falling away or apostasy (2 Timothy 4:3-4, 2 Thessalonians 2:3).
We should always remember that no matter what happens, God is still in control and all power still belongs to Him (Matthew 6:13, 28:18). In the end, all evil will be destroyed in the lake of fire (Revelation 20, 21:8).
In the meantime, no matter how thick the darkness in the world, it can never overcome the light of God (Christ Jesus) shining through us.
Come hell or high water, that light shines in darkness and darkness cannot overwhelm it (John 1:5). Halleluyah!
The scriptures used in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible except where otherwise stated.
Hi! Hope you benefitted from this post. Are there other reasons you remember for which Christians should keep doing good?
If yes, kindly share them in the comments and be richly blessed of the Lord.
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