The good we do is diminished when ulterior motives are spotted

Your Neighbor is a Person, Not a Prospect
Eager to Do Good! – Part 2

Scripture Reading: Titus 2:11-15

Key Verse: Titus 2:14

…who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

We can avoid treating anyone as simply a prospect by obeying today’s printed key verse.  We must go about our day eager to do good.  We do it because God puts it in our hearts, not so that someone will respond in any certain way!  Of course, our heart’s deep desire is that they will see Jesus in us and want Him!  But that is not really the driving force in why we do good!  Jesus redeemed us in order to purify us from our sins and create followers who are eager to do good!  Will God use our works and deeds to influence those around us to come to Him?  Yes, I believe He will.  However, we must keep our minds on our jobs—go about each day doing good.  Let God use the good that we do as He sees fit!

In my opinion, if we keep this clear in our minds, we will never treat someone as a prospect.  When someone senses that we are doing something (even good things) in order to achieve another goal that is never appreciated.  The good deed loses its goodness!  The good we do is diminished when ulterior motives are spotted.  It is not easy, but we Christ followers must continually remind ourselves that we were redeemed to do good, no matter what or how the recipients of our “good” respond.  We must love because God loved us—unconditionally!

Father, keep me focused today on why I do good to those around me.  May I always be a conduit that your love can flow through.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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