“Doing Good to All Men”
students share insights on good works
Galatians 6:10 encourages us to “…do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” The Lord Jesus Christ even based his judgment upon whether a person clothed, fed, gave drink, and visited the “least of these.” (See Matthew 25:31–46).
In every one of our communities, there are needs. Sometimes there are physical needs for food or clothing. Sometimes the needs are spiritual for those who are spiritually hungry. With this in mind, we would like to know your thoughts on community ministry. Perhaps the Lord has opened up a door for you, and you would like to testify of His goodness in your area. Maybe someone else’s life has inspired you, and you can share what they have done. You may have some valuable tidbits of advice on what we can do to reach out.
In light of Scripture’s command to “do good unto all men,” how are you ministering in your community and home?
Serving Starts in the Home
Over the ATI young ladies loop, we were asked if we were involved in any community work. When I actually thought about it, that’s exactly what I was doing, but it never hit me till then. I was working at our library, volunteering in a children’s program. In October, I will be helping once more with a children’s Bible club for the local public school.
The Lord has become more real to me in this past year. For example, after my older sister left to work at Headquarters, I became restless and wanted to go and serve somewhere. I began to ask God to use me, and the Lord provided an opportunity to serve a local ATI family in our community for a week. As I found out later, it was a real answer to prayer for the family. The father had privately asked the Lord to send someone to them to help out. That evening, my mom called them up and found out they needed help. While I was there, it was a real blessing to know that this was exactly where God wanted me.
Sometimes what we do in our community doesn’t seem all that big and dynamic. But if we see through Christ’s point of view, every little thing we do—even giving out a cold cup of water—is dynamic and powerful. It can change lives. The people we influence today may be the ones we read about in years to come. Because of one simple Sunday School teacher who was concerned about one young boy’s salvation, D. L. Moody impacted the world for Christ. If it hadn't been for that Sunday School teacher, we probably would not be reading about D.L. Moody and the impact he had on history.
My mom has always told us that serving starts in the home. Home is a training center. It is while you are at home that God may give you opportunities to serve in your community.
“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things…” (Matthew 25:21).
—An ATI student from Ontario, Canada
See Jesus in the “Least of These”
It seems to me that one of the easiest ways to “do good to all” is to look for the down, the alone, the poor. When you find them, sitting alone, standing off from the crowd, awkward or dejected, or perhaps being overly boisterous, socially uncouth, and annoying to all—think to yourself, “Ah ha, I see Him.” Jesus told us He would, as it were, be hidden in these forms. These poor souls become to us as Jesus in disguise. Do good to Him. He will not forget your labor of love.
Home is My Ministry
When I first read this question, I thought, “I don’t have ministry in my home or community!” Then, I realized that joyfully serving my family in the “little” day-to-day tasks is an encouragement to them. Ministry in the home is the most camouflaged of all ministries, and it is easy to excuse it as not important. It is very easy to be selfish at home and demand to be served, but if we choose to lay our lives down for our siblings and parents, the example we will really minister to them and others is the love of Jesus.