Tozer Devotional

Wed, May 16, 2018

Legitimate "Do-gooders"

From the Bible and from the example of Christ it is clear that Christians are here on earth to do good.

One passage tells us that Christ "went about doing good, and healing all who were under the power of the devil; because God was with him" (Acts 10:38). In addition to His healing ministry and His work of instructing in the truth, He engaged in another kind of activity which the Spirit calls simply "doing good."

"As he is, so are we in this world" (1 John 4:17b, KJV). We who call ourselves by His name are under obligation to imitate Him in His deeds of kindness. In current Christian teaching it is usually assumed that the works we are called to do are miracles. It is a lot easier to apply every passage that speaks of good works to something big and dramatic than to accept it as meaning some plain, humble task of mercy such as clothing the naked and feeding the hungry. We of the evangelical fold are much more easily persuaded to pray all night for God to do a miracle than to put on our work clothes and help a neighbor.

Without doubt there are activities that take precedence over works of charity. One is the work of witnessing to the grace and power of God as expressed through Jesus Christ. This is set forth in Acts 1:8, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you: and you will be my witnesses."

Verse

In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha ( which, when translated, is Dorcas), who was always doing good and helping the poor. Acts 9:36

Thought

Dorcas was one of those disciples who followed the example of Christ: she "was always doing good and helping the poor." For her it was a habit of life, not just an occasional gesture.

Prayer

For a variety of reasons, Lord, I'm hesitant to reach out to those in need. Forgive me!

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Warfare of the Spirit Chapter 7 - The Art of Doing Good Unobtrusively--Part I

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