Playing in my head is a song I learnt in Sunday school decades ago. It goes like this:
"Everywhere He went, He was doing good
The mighty healer, He healed the leper
When the cripple saw Him, he started walking
Everywhere He went my Lord was doing good"
That pretty much sums up how Jesus lived His life while here on earth. He never got tired of doing good. He had genuine compassion on people and once He saw they had a need, He would move to meet that need. He had no qualms about breaking well established Jewish laws (no work on the Sabbath) to heal or deliver people from the bondage of sickness. He defied well-known practices and touched the untouchables, drew the rejected close to Him and dined with "sinners". Even when He was tired, He would forgo His rest and minister to the needs of crowds of people. "When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." Matthew 9:36
Before He paid the ultimate price on the cross, Jesus did a whole lot of good.
We live in a broken world, a world tainted by so much sin and full of so much suffering. There are people close to us who are suffering and need a hand; there are people far away in the same situation. Sometimes you wonder if the little good you can do will even make a difference. It feels like just a drop in a mighty ocean and that alone can discourage you from giving a helping hand.
I used to turn away from TV ads in which they showed sick, emaciated children in poverty stricken areas, seeking a donation or two to help them. I would turn away not because I lacked compassion but I felt helpless in the face of such widespread pain and suffering and wondered what my few dollars could even accomplish. Jesus said the poor will always be with us, which also means we must make a conscious effort to provide for them. We cannot ignore them and we cannot rely on governments alone to help them.
The apostle Paul encourages us not to be weary in doing good. May God give us a heart like His, a heart full of compassion, a heart that allows us to put others ahead of ourselves, a heart that moves us to help in whatever way we can, those who are less fortunate than us. However bad you think you have it, someone has it worse. What good will you do today, this week, this month, this year?