Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

More Than An Idea

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“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1:27)

“For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:17-19)

Many people love the idea of doing good. You see it on Facebook. You hear people talking about it. It is mentioned almost every Sunday. We read passages like the ones above and no one objects or disagrees. People like sharing stories about good Samaritans or kind strangers who show compassion for others. These stories bring us joy. They make us feel warm inside.

We love the idea of doing good, but is this enough? The Bible calls us to do good, not to simply love the idea of doing good. We read books and stories about doing good and we feel good about ourselves, but the Bible calls us to get our hands dirty. Defending the idea is not enough. We must be involved in the good deeds that we love so much. We must show hospitality to the widow, orphan, and foreigner. We must have compassion for the blind, lame, and sick. We must give water to the thirsty and food to the hungry.

It is easy to love an idea. It is much harder to involve ourselves in the work of doing good. People have messy lives and there are not many easy answers or quick fixes. Thankfully, the Bible does not call us to fix people. Instead we are called to walk beside them. We are called to help people where they are and point them to Jesus. He is the great Physician. He is the answer.

May we not simply love the idea of doing good, but actually involve ourselves in the work of helping others. Loving the idea only makes us feel good about ourselves. It is a facade, but doing good comes with the promise of blessing. We are blessed when we give. We are blessed when we show compassion to others. We are blessed when we heed the words of God and follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

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2 Responses to “More Than An Idea”

  1. I have found that I’m typically blessed beyond measure when I serve others in need. I don’t really feel comfortable what I do on Facebook because I don’t care what others think of me. I do post though because I’m trying to raise awareness to the cause I’m supporting. It is my hope that others will find their own place to serve.

    You’re right, though. Thinking about it doesn’t help and John 15 commands us to bear good fruit.

  2. Good stuff my friend!


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