Pastor Craig T. Owens
Calvary Assembly of God
810 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs
I was looking at my calendar and saw a whole lot of special events taking up an hour here and there. Things like the Cedar Creek Cleanup, and Service Sunday (where area churches will be leaving their church services earlier than usual to do some community service projects), and plans for a special fundraising event for a local nonprofit.
And I thought to myself, “Why are these ‘special’ events?”
Of all of the things he could have said about His daily agenda, here’s how Peter—one of Jesus’ closest followers—described His activities: “He went around doing good” (Acts 10:38).
There weren’t special days or organized events for Jesus to do good, He just went around doing good wherever He went. And He asks us to do the same: “Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:16).
Please don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with organized events. But even better would be a daily agenda of doing good.
You don’t have to wait until Earth Day to pick up the trash you see, or help your neighbor with some yard work, or recycle your recyclables, or plant some flowers.
You don’t need to wait for Service Sunday to sing to the residents of a nursing home, or lend a hand to a friend in need, or ask City Hall about needs around Cedar Springs.
You don’t have to wait for the annual fundraiser to volunteer at a local charity, or make a surprise donation, or call to find out their most pressing needs.
It’s great when lots of people show up for these events, but it’s even better when, like Jesus, we walk around doing good every day.