Doing Good

“Virtue is its own reward,” said orator and philosopher Cisero.  In our society we do not begrudge those who work in service industries for their livelihoods, but we frown on those who happen upon someone in need and offer to help “for a price.”

The apostle Paul put it this way:  Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary (Ephesians 6:9).  Someone could read that and think that Paul was saying the reason to do good is to receive a reward.  However, I wonder if what we reap in due time when we do good is not, in part, at least, the satisfaction of having helped someone who needed it.  In the context of this verse, Paul clearly means that the reward will be from the Spirit and not from the flesh, so do not expect a material reward.  It may come, but don’t expect it.

Our word of encouragement is that when we are actively helping and serving others, it does not go unnoticed.  God is watching and if no one else sees, He does!  I’m glad He’s watching.  He loves you, you know, and so do I.

Donnie Bates

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2 thoughts on “Doing Good

  1. I tend to look at the reaping not so much as a reward, but as the spiritual fruit for the Kingdom of God. There is a reward, of course, and as you mentioned, how glad we are that God sees. That’s the reward we want, isn’t it?

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