Keep Up the Well Doing

Keep Up the Well Doing

Many of my closest friends are international students, and I’m thankful that quite a lot of them are also my brothers and sisters in Christ.  It is a blessing to know many young people who have become Christians during their time in the United States.  I love to hear their salvation stories and celebrate their new life in Christ with them.

I’ve noticed a similar theme running through many of my friends’ experiences.  Often it wasn’t a single, startling event that drew them to Jesus.  Instead, it was the gradual influence of many Christians they met after moving here.  These were just regular Christians performing small acts of kindness while investing time in a foreign visitor’s life.  One international friend told me, “I could tell that these people truly loved me, but I couldn’t understand why.  I had to find out more.”

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)

Good deeds are a natural outgrowth of our faith in Jesus.  There are works that God has prepared for each of us.  I believe He will guide us to these works if we prayerfully seek His guidance.  Sometimes we can feel discouraged if our service does not produce obvious fruit.  It may seem that unless we regularly lead someone in a salvation prayer, we must be doing something wrong.  However, if we are faithfully serving wherever God has placed us - no matter how menial the task might seem - it is a beautiful offering to the Lord.  From this side of heaven, we cannot know the number of lives who are impacted by our small acts of service.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  - Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

I share this to encourage anyone who may feel that their ministry is “just” helping out in the church nursery, or “only” helping foreign students practice English.  Don’t be fooled into thinking your ministry is small.  You are showing the love of Jesus to a hurting world every step of the way.