Saturday, January 01, 2011

Resolving to Do Good in Anonymity

"Watch out! Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven" (Matthew 6:1, New Living Translation).

Last year, I resolved to memorize the book of Titus. Regrettably, I failed. However, on the positive side, I spent time in Titus every day, trying to memorize it. As a result, I was thinking about its Spirit-inspired words every day.

In the short book, the apostle Paul emphasized the importance of believers engaging in good works because "our great God and Savior Jesus Christ...gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works" (Titus 2:13-14). It's a way of honoring Christ and showing his glory to the world.

While continuing to try to fulfill last year's resolution, I want to add to it by resolving to find some way to do something good every day without drawing attention to myself (Matthew 6:1). Instead, my goal will be to draw attention to God (Matthew 5:16).

Of course, I will not be posting any of these deeds on my blog, since it would defeat the purpose. However, I'm posting my resolution today so that perhaps someone else will join me in doing something similar (Hebrews 10:24).

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).

8 comments:

Steve said...

Amen brother

Terry said...

Thanks, Steve.

StLphotogirl said...

I will pray for you as you attempt this. Doing good is much easier than doing it without wanting any "atta boys!" for it. Thanks for sharing.

Terry said...

Thank you for the prayers, Christiana!

Elaine said...

Thanks for coming to my blog!
I enjoyed your post. I wrote something similar...although I did tell what I did. I like what you said... It is a way of honoring Christ and showing his glory to the world.

Terry said...

Thank you, Elaine. I enjoyed reading your blog, too. I saw it recently and thought that it would be a good one to keep reading. I'm looking forward to more posts.

Tammi said...

Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for joining me on my journey with the Lord---and wow: He placed Matt. 5:16 on my heart too! AMEN! Happy New Year.

Terry said...

Thank you, Tammi. Happy New Year!