GODLY GOODNESS

“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven”

Matthew 5:16 NIV

“It was said of Henry Drummond, the great Scottish scientist and Christian, that ‘one did not realise how commonplace and colourless other men were until they stood side by side with him’. The story is told of a woman with a dying husband who begged Drummond to visit her home. ‘My husband is not able to speak to you, or to hear you, but do come’ she begged. Henry Drummond reasoned, ‘But if your husband can neither hear nor speak, it’s of little use my coming’. The woman pleaded, ‘Do come. I’d give anything for him to have just a breath of you about him before he dies’” (Soldier’s Armoury, 1972, p51).

There is something incandescent about the goodness that the Holy Spirit begets in a Christ-like person. People see the goodness. They know that it is breathed in to a person by God him- self. The deliberate anonymity of the Christian whose goodness shines out is part of the goodness itself. People who are prompted by God to do good do not want their names in bold print or in the news headlines. As long as the person they are seeking to help receives the good deed and benefits, that is all they care. And they want God to get any glory that may accrue.

Normally people do want whatever glory may be coming, or they secretly hanker for it. The Spirit-filled Christian believer only wants Jesus to shine through it all. Some deeds will be known. Others won’t. It makes no difference to the believer as long as love has been shown.

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, let me not seek publicity for any good you do through me.