The goal of John’s ministry was to urge folks to turn from their sins and accept Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord. He preached baptism – the washing away of sin with water. He emphasized the importance of complete repentance of sins. The baptism with water is just the outward sign of an inward work and the renewal of the heart. The inward work, of course, is done by the Lord and not through anything we do. That is not to say our good deeds do not count or matter – they most definitely do – but in God’s eyes, it’s WHY we do those good deeds that matter most. Our heart’s intentions are important. Motive. It’s about our motive. What motivates us? If we are in love with the Lord – His love for us and our desire to share His love through good deeds will surely be our motivation.
If we are not really holy in heart and life, our profession of religion and relation to God and His church is meaningless. You can fool people, but you can’t fool God. If we are to plant seeds of kindness and compassion, we must determine to meet some needs that other people have. The two go hand in hand – it just makes sense.
A wise pastor once said, “If you don’t meet a person’s immediate need, you have absolutely no business trying to plant a gospel seed.” We have to feed, clothe, cry with, listen to – before we can even think about introducing the wonderful good news – the gospel of Jesus Christ.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you have nothing to give, you can say prayers for those in need. Remember, God sees your heart, your motive, and intentions.
Kindness really does count. It matters what we share and that we care. 🙂