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04/27/2010

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Being Well-Equipped


"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).

How much is enough? One of the most famous reading, writing, arithmetic and grammer books written in the 19th century was the McGuffey series. Sometimes little meaningful stories were used to get points across. One, about perseverance, used a clock that had grown weary of ticking each second of the day. He had calculated how many times that he would have to tick each day (86,400) and could not face that many ticks. The owl, who represented wisdom said; "but you only have to tick one tick at a time." With this knowledge, the clock was able to continue it's important job. Do we sometimes want to just throw up our hands and say enough is enough? If I don't continue in doing good for others, surely someone will take my place and do it for me! That's not what today's verse says does it! Let us not become weary in doing good. We only get to reap the harvest if we've done the important work of planting.

Again we can turn to the teachings of Jesus for the reinforcement that we need. His wonderful words in Matthew 25 resonate through the corridors of time to us. "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." Asked when they had seen Him this way, and done these things, Jesus responded; "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me" (35-40). Just as we cannot do these things personally for Jesus Himself, there are so many good things that we can do. To me the very cool part is that when we feed, give water, take in the stranger or clothe and visit, it is just like we are getting to do it for our Savior.

One final thought. The Word of God is filled with examples of doing good for others. When Paul writes to Timothy and expounds on the importance and inspiration of the Word and it's use, he finishes the thought with these words; "That the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Tim. 3:17). Remember the old clock, we only have to do these good things one at a time.....

Have a great day....Make a difference.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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