CONTENDERS VS. PRETENDERS
When we know Jesus and seek to be just like Him, goodness is both the motivation for and the result of our actions.
They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share. – 1 Timothy 6:18
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. – Galatians 6:10
When God is with us, we do good. We don’t just talk good, look good or act good – those things we can fake. The rubber hits the road when we do good.
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him. – Acts 10:38
God’s Word tells us that faith without action is dead. When we live in constant awareness of God’s presence, we do good. We bring life into bad places. The goodness we do overcomes evil and undoes darkness.
Remember, it’s the ACTS of the Apostles, not the “theology,” “opinions” or “thoughts” of the apostles!
The early church did not sit on its blessed assurance and hope a very good God would show up and do the work for them. The believed and acted on it. Their actions changed everything. They had a reputation for turning their world upside down, which was a good thing. Motivated by God’s goodness, they took on Hell with a water pistol and shook the foundations of Rome itself.
The church of today doesn’t look like that very often. Today’s Christians are often posers. There is a difference between an actor and a poser. An actor does all the hard work. He memorizes the script, hits his mark for the cameras and has the responsibility of convincing us of reality in the midst of fantasy.
Posers do none of that. They pretend to be actors. Like models or body doubles, they look like the original without any of the action. Don’t be a poser. Act!
From my book: Good Overcomes Evil