“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
God is good and does good. His goodness is shared generally with all humanity and generously with His people. Christians should follow in God’s example of Christ in the power of His Spirit.
Doing good to the household of faith includes giving time, talents, and treasure.
Time = presence, participation, love. Showing up, listening, looking people in the eye, accepting, communicating, affirming, sharpening. These values reflect God giving time, specifically through the incarnation.
Talent = serving with availability and ability. Some roles do not require giftedness but simply willingness. Other roles need individuals who have experience and invested training to be shared for the better and building of God’s body.
Treasure = sharing resources tangibly and financially. Our Lord said, “It is better to give than receive.” Yet, we cannot seem to out-give God, as He blesses with satisfying joy through sacrificial love for others.
God’s grace comes to us undeservingly. Jesus loved us while we were sinners. It was our selfish human nature on display that mocked and murdered His innocent life. The life and death of Jesus did for us what we could not do for ourselves. By grace through faith, His death results in my life. Confession of sin results in healing, repentance transitions us to new habits and hopes. Likewise, Jesus’ resurrection elevates my citizenship beyond earth to eternal life in Heaven. This is good news and worthy of sharing far and wide.
What opportunities is God placing in your life to reflect the grace you have received and do good?
How are you intentionally relating and reflecting good in the household of faith?
Let us not treat God’s church casually, but commit to the revolutionary movement of radical faith, unshakable hope, and enduring love.