Titus 2:14 He (Jesus) gave us life to free us from every kind of sin, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.
We have to make a conscious decision to be "committed" to doing good... Jesus died to free us from sin, to make us his own, totally committed to doing good deeds. We have to make the the choice to do good. Does this mean we need to go out everyday feeding the poor, building houses... oh that would be great if we could. Oh if we were all able to go about doing that kind of good. But, the truth is for the world to keep working...for us to keep even feeding our own families most of us have other things that have to be done. What we have to do is to make a commitment to doing good in our everyday lives. No good deed no matter how small it seems to us is unimportant. A smile is a good deed, a compliment is a good deed, taking somebody to lunch is a good deed, calling to check on someone is a good deed, sending a card is a good deed. Letting somebody in in traffic is a good deed. Anything that makes somebody else's day better in any way is a good deed. Joyce Meyer said that when something good happens to us it is always from God. If somebody says that we are pretty, that is from God. If somebody notices that we did a good job, God noticed it is a compliment from God. If somebody buys us lunch, that is from God. When we go about doing good, smiling at people, complimenting people... helping people in small ways and large...we are allowing ourselves to be used by God to improve the lives of others around us.
We need to never, ever underestimate the power of the "little things." Think about it...so often when we have a bad day it is the little things that went wrong. The more little things that go wrong in a day the worse our day gets. The same is true with the "little things" that go right in a day, we just don't stop to really notice them. Whether we notice them or not they are so important to our well being. Which means that our smiles, our hugs, our compliments are important. Taking somebody to lunch is important. Helping somebody with their groceries bags is important. Holding the door for somebody is important. Taking time to ask about some-body's day is important! Doing good deeds is always important. It is what Jesus calls us to do.
Luke 16:10 says that if we are faithful in the little things we will be faithful in the larger ones. When we go about doing good in the little things... God will put bigger things in our path to trust us with... When we are in the habit of, when we are committed to doing good in the small things...when we are so committed it becomes second nature to do good...when something bigger comes along we will just know the "good" thing to do. It will be a part of our heart.