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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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03/27/2009

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Persistence In Doing Good


"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Gal. 6:9).

Doing good.....This is what a Christian should be all about...Making his/her part of the world just a little better by doing good. Jesus did it wherever he went. "Salt of the earth" and "light of the world" are euphemisms for doing good. Paul was obsessed with the concept. It was a mantra for him...."Let us do good to all men" (Gal. 6:10)..."Created in Christ to do good works" (Eph. 2:10)....."Be careful to maintain good works" (Tit. 3:8).

To be good at anything, practice is required. It is called persistence. Elite athletes are so persistent in their practice. A marathon runner must get in that mileage. It often requires running twice a day...Mile after mile after mile...Can't let any internal or external force keep them from their task. Why? There is a goal... "let us not grow weary, for in due time we will reap the harvest."

So, with all of these evidences that doing good is the right thing, why isn't everyone into it? Its all those pesky difficulties. Doing bad things often "feels good." They're called the "pleasures of sin." "The care(s) of this world and the deceitfulness of riches" (Matt.13:32). "The flesh" (Rom. 7:18-21)..."You were running a good race, who cut in on you" (Gal. 5:7)? Sometimes we "just grow weary."

What's the answer? In simple terms, it is keeping our eyes on the goal....The harvest..The harvest of happiness that comes with doing good...The harvest of peace, satisfaction, and Jesus' "true greatness" of Matt. 20:26-27. And finally there is the REAL HARVEST! The harvest of eternal life that comes only if we keep our eyes on the goal..Lets be persistent in doing good.

Have a great day... Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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