Hello Amazing One,
Welcome to a brand new week. One laced with God’s blessings all the way.
As I was doing my morning devotion some days ago, a verse in Titus 3 got me thinking and asking, am I an habitual “do-gooder” or an occasional one?
“This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.”
The book of Titus talks about this topic, doing good. However, there is a particular word that caught my attention in this verse, and I checked about 5 different bible versions, they all maintained the word ‘careful.’ That word in this verse puts emphasis on the importance of doing good. Being careful is being conscious, giving thought and attention to something, and making efforts. As sons and daughters of God, we are encouraged to carefully take our walk with God a step further by doing good to others, both believers and unbelievers alike.
Why should we do good? First, because we have been saved, we ourselves are beneficiaries of God’s mercy and we have the Holy Spirit helping us at all times (Titus 3:3-7). So, we have a better understanding and doing good should come easy to us compared to unbelievers. Second, from the verse, it is made clear that doing good is profitable for everyone. Meaning, the recipients of your kindness are not the only ones benefiting from it, you would benefit from it, the whole world would enjoy from the seed of kindness that you have sown, no matter how small.
How then do we make actionable efforts? I am reminded of a book I am currently reading (a story for another day). It says if you want to start a good habit, one way is to combine it with a habit that you enjoy doing or always do. So, for example, for me, my action plan is, for every unnecessary shopping and whatnot, I give back or do something nice for someone (Eph 5:15-17). If you have not been making conscious efforts, you can also weave that into your daily or most common habits like me and let the Holy Spirit direct you. And it is worthy to mention that doing good is not just giving money, doing good could be giving your time, speaking, mentoring, showing respect to others or being sincere. My point is, there are so many ways you can do good, and these were laid out in Titus 1 and 2. So, make the efforts and let the Holy Spirit inspire you to do what is good always, we are all going to benefit from it.
God bless you! Dasola