by Tim Hall
Do we hesitate to do good because we think “it’s not much”?
As Paul concluded his letter to Titus, he urged him to remember something very important:
“This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men” (Titus 3:8, NKJV).
“Be careful to maintain good works.” Have we been on the receiving end of good works because of a death in the family, a major illness or surgery, or some other setback?
Have we watched Christian brethren come forward in various ways to express concern and sympathy? Each of these good works have been “good and profitable” to us.
Let us reflect on what we learned from our experiences in such times:
• Expressions of concern really mean something. It’s often hard for the one writing the card or making the telephone call to see its significance. “It’s just a little thing,” we think. But those who are hurting see more. The hand stretched out in love is a welcome sight. It’s a reminder that sunshine is still present in our dark world.
• Visits from those who care are enormously helpful. The visit may be virtually silent; no appropriate words come to mind. But the fact that someone cared enough to be there is a powerful message. Whether it’s an hour-long visit or just two or three minutes, it shows love and support.
• Casseroles and loaves of bread nourish more than the body. The fact that someone took time to prepare food is a reminder that they care. The benefits yielded by gifts of food are many, not the least of which is the freedom to spend more time with family and friends. That bowl of beans and the coconut cake were more delicious because they were served with love.
• God touches us through human hugs and handshakes. Once we refrained from visible shows of affection, thinking it might send the wrong message. Now we understand, better than before, that a hug or a firm handshake can often communicate more powerfully than words.
We’ve not described anything extraordinary or heroic in these examples. They are, hwoever, reminders of the truth of Paul’s admonition to Titus. It’s a truth learned most clearly when we’re on the receiving end. But when our lives are going smoothly, let’s not forget that others may be struggling. By taking notice of their plight and by doing the “little things” we each can do, we help greatly in their moment of need.
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9,10).