The Power of a Good Deed

We never know the power one good deed can have. Several years ago, there was a family going through great crisis, the kind that most often rips families apart forever. The parents attended the church at which my father preached, and he intervened in the situation in hopes of bringing peace. He was successful. Recently, the father contacted me, and it was clear from our conversation that he was very, very grateful for what my dad had done. After the conversation ended, this verse came to mind: “I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!’” (Rev. 14:13).

Though dead, my father’s good deeds follow him, and I am grateful for that. I am also grateful for the countless godly men and women who make a difference every day. It inspires me to follow their example in hopes that I, through God’s power and mercy, can make a lasting difference of my own in the lives of others.

Too easily, we can become centered on ourselves. Not in a mean or cruel way; not all self-centeredness causes direct pain. But if we develop the tunnel-vision of only focusing on our agenda, we miss those to whom I believe God wants us to minister. We thereby may inflict an indirect pain by our failure to help.

Do you know a family that is hurting? Pray for wisdom and discernment, and then reach out in love. You may become a peacemaker.

Do you know a church leader that is frustrated or becoming burned out? Write them a note of encouragement. I PROMISE YOU it will be a highlight of their YEAR.

Do you know young parents that often feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities? Offer to baby-sit for free so that they might have a romantic evening—it might their first in a very long time.

Do you know a brother or sister in Christ who is facing the holidays for the first time without their spouse? Bake them a plate of cookies, visit them, and remind them of God’s love.

I’m grateful for the good my dad did in this life. But I’m even more grateful that God used his actions to bless countless others whom I will never meet or know about. We must remember that the good we do is always God working through us. So let us be diligent to allow the Lord to help as many people through us as possible.

"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." — Gal. 6:10

In what way has someone meaningfully touched your life in the past? Share your experiences below in the comment section. Be sure and thank that person for what they did, and also pay that good deed forward to someone else!