If we are to be disciples of Jesus we should be like Him in every way. Now, that does not mean we will be like Him in His perfection, but rather His practice. The life we live should resemble the life He lived, and there is no better portrait of His life than the one found in the book of Acts in five simple words.
As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. (Acts 10:36-38)
There are three things I would like to highlight in those remarkable words: HE WENT ABOUT DOING GOOD!
1. HE went about doing good. To be sure, Jesus had His disciples whom He sent out to do good, but He never neglected to do good Himself. The King of kings and the Lord of lords did not neglect to do good Himself. In today’s language, it’s one thing to write a check in support of ministry needs; it’s another thing altogether to show up personally and meet that need physically when possible.
2. He WENT ABOUT doing good. He did not set up shop in the center of Jerusalem waiting for others to come to Him. He went out to them, meeting people in their place of need. He went to the sick. He went to the hurting. He went to the lame. He went to the broken. He went to the poor. He went to the outcast. He went to the demon possessed. He went on errands of eternal good for the lives of so many, in spite of distance, difficulty, danger . . . and ultimately death.
3. He we about DOING GOOD. The portrait of the life of Christ makes it clear that the gospel was never intended to meet only spiritual needs. Jesus came not only to redeem, but to restore. His rescue is far reaching with the intended good of all of the broken creation. He went about doing good as a portrait of His ultimate goal of making all things new; And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5).
My pastor, Tullian Tchividjian, wrote in Unfashionable: “God wants us to join him in his work of renewing people, places, and things. He wants Christians to renew their cultures to the honor and glory of God. God wants those he’s redeemed to work at transforming this broken world and all its broken structures—families, churches, governments, business—in a way that reflects an answer to the Lord’s Prayer: ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’ (Matthew 6:10).”
The life of Christ makes it clear that what we are positionally (a child of the Most High God) needs to be lived out practically (going about doing good). The only way we will ever become what we already are is by surrendering our lives to the service of our Savior, so that He, by His grace, can paint a portrait that matches our profession.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!