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Doing Good Well

I love Hebrews 11. “The roll call of the faithful” never ceases to encourage me. The fact that all these normal people in all their inadequacies and failures still found favor with God because they decided to trust and believe that He held something better for them is just beyond amazing. The fact that the chapter ends with this promise for those to follow is even more encouraging.

because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭40‬)

But chapter 12 picks up where that leaves off and promises that as those who went before us left examples to us all; they also are still around cheering us on in our portion of the race to be run.

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Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭1-3‬)

Now these verses could be just as discouraging as they are encouraging to me. Lord knows I have sin that easily encumbers and entangles me. However, I also know that the race has not yet come to an end and every breath gives further opportunity to endure and run it. Focus is key of course. If we focus on that which is trying to tear us down and knock us of course, it could be very easy to lose heart. But we have these examples of faith and the ultimate example of endurance in Jesus. Focusing on these things will surely lead us to not grow weary or lose heart.

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Galatians has been a book I can’t get out of recently. I wrote recently about chapter 5 verses 9 and 10 and how they propel me further want to use the freedom in Christ I’ve been given to love and give of myself to others. My pastor taught out of chapter 4 today and I’ve further been meditating on chapter 6 today as well.

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. (‭Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭9-10‬)

I don’t want to limit my doing good to any certain individual or type of people. I want it to be said of me that I did good to all people. Not because I want people to look to me as a good person, but because I want to be a reflection of the goodness of God. Yes it’s easier to do good for certain people more than it is for others, but I want to push through what is easy and do good to all. I never want to lose heart in it or grow weary with it. I’m thankful for the examples not only in Hebrews 11 but those who have come since and those that are still leading by example today. There are plenty of opportunities in my day to give unto others; there are plenty of opportunities to do good whether it is deserved or not. The ultimate example was made that while we were yet undeserving sinners, Christ still endured and died for us.

My 3 favorite songs right now are

1. “All This Wandering Around” – Ivan & Alyosha

2. “Let’s Go” – Handsome and Gretyl

3. (Tie) “Marietta” – The Lone Bellow

“Shine Like Lightning” – Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

One Response to “Doing Good Well”

  1. I like the idea of endurance and perseverance, but what I don’t appreciate is having to go through all the crap needed to produce it in your life. 🙂 Eventually I come around, but every once in a while going through it feels completely overwhelming. Thankful for sufficient grace!
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