Today I’d like to lift up a biblical model that comes from the life of the One who was constantly engaged in what I call “errands of eternal encouragement.”
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. (Acts 10:38)
Jesus spent His short time here on this earth in the ministry of going around doing good. Wouldn’t that be well said of all of us . . . that we poured out our lives going around doing good? I want to call your attention to a few particulars that can be a source of great inspiration to you today, right where this finds you. Jesus went around doing good . . .
INTENTIONALLY – Jesus was intentional about everything He did, especially as it related to going around and doing good. I have always found it remarkable to find these words at the beginning of John’s account of Jesus meeting the woman at Jacob’s well: Jesus “had to pass through Samaria”! Whatever the reasons that Jesus had for going through Samaria, which certainly included His divine appointment with the Samaritan woman, He passed through intentionally. It was no accident or a random roll of the dice that Jesus met this woman and offered her the gift of eternal salvation; our Lord’s entire life was marked by doing good intentionally.
PERSONALLY – Jesus went around doing good personally. He could have sent any or all of His disciples on His behalf to do all the good He intended to do, but He did not. He went around personally. He spoke with the woman at the well; He traveled for days to raise Lazarus from the tomb; He dined with Zacchaeus in his home; and He recruited the fishermen on the shoreline. Jesus personally touched the eyes of the blind and the skin of the leper; He changed water into wine at the wedding at Cana; He cleansed the temple in Jerusalem; and He talked late into the night with the religious leader Nicodemus.
Our Lord Jesus Christ engaged in His errands of eternal encouragement both intentionally and personally. He not only left us with a picture of encouragement but also with a model to follow. We must be intentional about going around doing good, or we will simply never find the time to get around to doing it! And make no mistake, it is one thing to have a good thing done on your behalf; it is another thing altogether to do good and do it yourself.
If we are to be models of our Master in living out the truths of the Gospel, we must not grow weary in our well-doing (Galatians 6:9). We will look for ways to meet people in their place of need and we will do the work ourselves as much as it is within our power.
In only 3 ½ years, how busily was our Lord engaged in the lives of others! But don’t miss this important truth: He often retreated to quiet places to spend time in prayer with His Father in heaven. He was always operating in the strength of His Holy Spirit, and if we are to live lives marked by going around doing good, we too should often retreat to spend time in prayer with Jesus.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!