In the post-Christian environment in the United States followers of Jesus must return to his timeless strategy of societal transformation. Simple put the followers of Jesus must seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. The world lights up when the followers of Jesus follow these instructions:
14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 6:14-15 NIV)
The light shines when people “see your good deeds…and praise your Father in heaven.” The church of Jesus needs rebirth of doing good so others can see–see the glory of God in a broken world.
Recently I listened to a podcast by Exponential ministries in which Rick Rusaw, Eric Swanson, and Brian Mavis spoke about externally focused ministry. I believe their simple strategy speaks volumes about how we need to earn the right to be heard in our world today.
“Good works” lead to “Good Will” in the hearts of the recipients which opens the door to sharing the “Good News” about the Kingdom of God and the reign of Jesus Christ in our hearts and lives.
God’s Good Plan: GOOD WORKS=GOOD WILL=GOOD NEWS
I believe today would be a “Good day” to get started–as the Psalmist says:
3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. (Psalm 37:3 NIV)