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03/16/2009

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Going About Doing Good


"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went about doing good" (Acts 10:38).

The idea that we come into this world with nothing and leave the same way is a valid one. The catch however is wrapped up in the word legacy. As a farmer should leave the land in better condition than he found it, so should we also leave those about us in a better place and in better condition...Jesus by example, set the bar very high, and though we cannot do some of the things he did, we can still follow the pattern.

At the age of twelve he was "about his father's business." But the Word tells us that he was still subject to his earthly parents. The only thing told about him from age twelve to thirty is wrapped in a single verse. "And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him" (Lk. 2:40). He grew in all the best ways...intellectually, physically, religiously, and socially.

He then "went about doing good." He healed the sick. We can't do that but we can visit them and pray for them. He not only taught returning good for evil, but put it into practice. He did this all the way to the Cross where he prayed for those who crucified Him. He became a friend to those who didn't have many friends and ate with those who were looked down upon. These were the people that needed Him the most! He even paid His taxes without grumbling. (Matt. 17:24-27)

He made the world a brighter place by living the "golden rule." He said that the ceremony of the law was not as important as the weightier matters of its spirit and heart. At His death, He made the welfare of His mother one of His last earthly cares. (Jn. 19:25-27). He left an example for all of us to follow. How we follow it will be our legacy. Will we go about doing good?

Have a wonderful week...Go about doing good... love mark Phil. 4:11

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