by James Washington
Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times
I once took a bible study class called, “Taking the Word into the World.” The premise was that those of us with a Christian belief system should be doing something, acting in some way that distinguishes us in how we are looked upon on this human plane of existence. For me, at the time, it was somewhat confusing because how many of us really know and understand where we fit in God’s kingdom? One of my more anointed friends constantly reminds me that God’s plan for you and me is not very complicated at all. We make it more complex than it needs to be and the devil revels in our self imposed intellectual morass. How often have you questioned your purpose, your mission, you ministry or your duty to the Lord? I know, more often than not, I wind up doing nothing in the name of God because I have confused myself by questioning what I should be doing. Now the devil loves this stuff. The mere questioning keeps me from doing anything and I’m the one asking the questions. The answer is clearly stated in Ephesians 2:10. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Simple question. Simple answer. Do good works. It’s the Christian playbook.
Maybe it’s just me but I believe we can all tell the difference between good works and bad works. It is not a confusing concept i.e. not complicated. I have no business procrastinating about doing good works. As a matter of fact, scripture reminds me that this work is indeed prepared for us to do in advance. It is our spiritual destiny, if not our duty, to perform good works that will always present themselves to us as opportunities to help others. Now here comes the easy to understand hard to do part. If, and only if, we accept the Word of God as the Will of God, can we understand how to react to this crazy world in which we live. Show your love for God, your neighbor and yourself. “Be very careful then, then, how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5: 15-17. My mission as a Christian is to do good works. My mission as a man of God is to do good works. Wow, this is becoming easier and easier. God is not a God of confusion. And if I just stay out of my own mind, and stay out of my own way, I’ll be just fine.
As complicated as I make it sound in my search for purpose, my Christian game plan takes on “action status” when I get up in the morning and prepare to take on the day. When the opportunity presents itself (and it will because the devil will see to it), I am now programmed to make the right choice. I don’t need a specific thing to do. All I need to concern myself with is undergirding everything I do with the fundamental principle of goodness. My steps have been ordered because the intent for all I do cannot be misunderstood by me or anybody else. Now I may fall short. I will fall short. But falling short will not define me. Oh, to be recognized as a good person for what you do and not what you say. Oh to be recognized for at least trying to do God’s will. Take the Will of God and march into the world armed with the Word of God and maybe all of your questions will be answered too. I know a lot of mine have.
May God bless and keep you always,