April 12: Wisdom= Do unto others

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.  Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you’— when you already have it with you.”  Proverbs 3:27-28

You already have it with you to do good!  God has given you good to do as a gift.  It’s not about how good you have to be, or how much good you have to bring.  It’s about finding your true self in the person God has shaped you to be and living in that goodness.

As Lutherans we love the verses in Ephesians chapter 2 that say, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Eph 2:8-9  These words remind us that all this Good Works talk doesn’t get us anywhere with God.  He ALREADY loves you and He ALREADY saved you by Grace through faith in Jesus.  Do one good work, or do a thousand.  You’re already saved by Jesus!

The next verse also adds a sense of Good News for us in that we find out that even the good we might do is a gift from God to others:  “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Eph 2:10  In other words, quit working so hard, and let God work for, in, and through you.  It’s His Good Work that He’s prepared in advance for you to do.

You already have it with you!  God has blessed you to be a blessing to others!

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