Today’s Reading: Acts 14:8-28 (additional reading: Psalm 140:1-13 & Proverbs 17:22)
Have you heard this phrase before by anyone? “I did it, but I’m only human.” Is that an excuse or an admission?
In our text today, we have Paul and Barnabas doing something good by the power of God and the people wanting to give them the credit for it. Paul was quick to say, “We are only human like you.” This time, it wasn’t an excuse but an act in giving glory where it ought to go.
He was honestly trying to get the people to realize that it was God who deserved the glory and not him.
God used Paul to bring healing to the lame man. Paul was God’s instrument of kindness or of doing good. Gal. 6:9-10 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Don’t give up doing good. Others will be blessed by our good deeds and we will too! “Whatever a man sows, he will reap in return.” (Gal. 6:7) It is sometimes easy to give up on certain people but we must never give up doing good.
We all have the opportunity every day to do something good for someone. We need to stay awake to these opportunities. Our goodness may lead to godliness. That is, doing good to others may lead some to Christ, which should be our ultimate goal in life!
When Charles Schwab was 70 years old, he made the following statement. He said, “I’d like to say here in a court of law, and speaking as an old man, that 9/10 this of my troubles are traceable to my being kind to others. Look you, young people, if you want to steer away from trouble, be hard-boiled. Be quick with a good loud ’no’ to anyone and everyone. If you follow this rule, you will seldom be bothered as you tread life’s pathway. Except you’ll have no friends, you’ll be lonely, and you won’t have any fun!”
We all need to be open to opportunities to doing good for others, even if it’s just something simple like opening a door for someone or saying a kind word or offering a friendly smile. Paul was good, but he made it very clear to everyone that he was not God.