Today I was listening to a story by a Russian priest who told us how contagious good works are. How do you do good works? See how this young man not only changed the lives of several families by serving them, but also infecting others to do good works.
I am sharing this good example because the Psalm 105:2 admonishes us to sing praise to God and “tell of all his wonderful acts.”
Desire To Do Good Works
A young man approached to this priest before the worship service and asked if he could make a brief announcement to the congregation at the end of the Liturgy. Knowing and thrusting intentions of the parishioner the priest allowed him to make the announcement.
At the end of the liturgy the young man told the parishioners that he is a mathematician. He teaches mathematics and plays music and he makes a living from those activities. He told people that he goes to church every Sunday, but doesn’t have any good works. He offered the congregation that if anyone’s child was struggling with math he would be happy to help by meeting once a week and tutoring them without charge. He then offered his phone number and distributed some of his business cards. People were grateful for his generous offer!
All of the sudden few other young people approached the priest and said, “we also want to do good works.”
Some said they can teach English or another language, others said they can help with other things and one young man said, he drives to church every Sunday and will be happy to give a ride few of the parishioners from his neighborhood. How beautiful is the sound of “We want to do good works too,” isn’t it?
Faith in Action
“Faith without works is dead,” writes the apostle James (2:20). Just believing in God and not acting on your faith is not believing. It’s simply knowing that there is God. The devil knows that too. How is your faith going to differ from the faith of the devil? Your faith is going to differ from the devil’s knowing of God’s existence by praying and keeping the commandments: namely loving people and doing good works.
You need to do service. You need to serve your God. You need to serve your big family the children of which you are. You call the parent of the family as “Our Father who art in heaven…” Thus, you have to act and think like your Father in the family and for the needs of the family. You must love your brothers and sisters like yourself and care for them. This is the commandment we have from our God.
True love is a sacrifice. Sometimes you have to give up winning so others can win. Making a sacrifice allows your brother to get ahead. When you let others to get ahead, God will ensure there is someone there to help you get ahead. Doing good works unselfishly, is infectious.
“We also want to do good works.” This is a beautiful motto.