Do you want to know how to upset the world? Do good. We live in a very cynical world. Do you know what can make a demon run faster than pouring out some oil? Being nice. You want to upset someone? Be nice and do something good for them.
Jesus loved to do good. And He showed us how much He liked to do good when He performed His first miracle at a wedding (see John 2:1-12). It’s crazy when you really think about it! They’ve been waiting on Jesus to come to this world for 4,000 years. He could have been anywhere, doing anything, yet He chose to start His earthly ministry at a wedding. And out of all the miracles He could have started with to proclaim His messianic arrival, He chose to fill dirty pots with water and turn it into the best-tasting wine! Why? Because He’s a good guy who likes to do good. He’s just nice.
If we want people to believe what we have to say, we need to do good because they need to see Jesus in us. When you’re genuinely nice and do good things, you’re being like Jesus, and like Him, you’re going to upset people. The apostle Paul told believers,
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we could do good to everyone–especially to those in the family of faith” (Galatians 6:9–10, NLT).
How can you start? Just do good stuff. Be kind. Be thoughtful. Do good things for people. Simply being nice to someone can have a profound effect on their life. It could be as powerful as raising someone from the dead. Because if you upset them, you are literally saving them from death. It’s exactly what Jesus did. He traveled around doing good everywhere He went.
Every day we should be asking God, “Will you put me in a position to do good today? Will you show me someone I can be nice to and do good to today?” If we all commit to doing good, we will upset the world.
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