Are you hesitant to step out in faith? Would you like to do good works but fear exposing yourself to ridicule? Do you feel threatened by others? Are you afraid of being ostracized for speaking out about your faith?
We are called to do good for others, even if it means suffering in the process. Doing good does not always mean spending money. It may require us to invest our time. We may be called to go to places we would prefer to avoid.
Carrying out the work of God can be uncomfortable. Working with people who are different may require us to step out of our comfort zone. We may need to go into an environment that is different than we are used to. When working with the less fortunate, people with mental disabilities, or in crime ridden neighborhoods is a challenge for many of us.
We may find ourselves in a situation that requires us to help someone we do not care for. We may prefer to allow them to suffer or do without. We may be afraid they will strike out at us rather than accept our assistance.
Yet we are called to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, helping those who need our assistance. We are told not to fear. When we are going about doing the work God wants us to do, if we suffer for it, God blesses us. It seems counterintuitive. But God doesn’t work by human standards. God rewards those who work in the name of Jesus.
I pray we all go about doing the good works God has put before us. I pray we do the right thing without fear. I pray each one of us revere Christ and follow His example of doing good for those who need it. Do good works for God. Give your fear to God. Be blessed by God. Revere Christ.
1 Peter 3:13-15a Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.