(Read: Romans 2:5-11)
9Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11For there is no respect of persons with God. -Romans 2:9-11 (KJV)
There is a saying my wife refers to from time to time. When someone does something bad, unkind, or downright evil she will say, “What goes around comes around.” This is indeed a true statement. The good we do in life will come back to us and the evil we do will come back to us as well. As followers of Christ we are called to sew goodness, kindness, gentleness, and the blessed gospel to a world which is wallowing in the mire of sin. Practice being Christ-like and our efforts will come back to us in countless blessings.
I am not just referring to the larger works we do. There are an infinite number of smaller acts of goodness we can practice which will bring about wonderful heavenly rewards. Someone might do something heroic like save another person’s life, and for this there would indeed be a reward of some sort. Yet, consider also the rewards of being a kinder, gentler person as we go about our daily lives. Take time to smile at those around you, practice saying “thank you,” more often, and offer a word of encouragement to the one who is feeling down. Seek to be a more optimistic and giving person. God’s Word promises we will receive manifold blessings from God when we put Christ-like qualities into practice.
God’s Word reminds us of how the Lord shows no favoritism. He rewards and blesses those who seek to do His will. Conversely, those who willfully choose to go against God will also suffer the consequences of their actions. Seek today to go about shining the light of Jesus Christ. Do not allow the devil to gain a foothold. Instead, claim the power of Christ to let His light shine from our lives. The Lord sees, knows, and will pour His goodness upon us.
Remember that Jesus Christ is our refuge and strength during the trials of life. Let His light shine from us.