Perfect Practice

Early this morning (it is Thursday as I write
this), I watched a video of a man and his dog
being rescued from a car that had fallen into an
icy lake. The rescuer was a 17-year-old boy
who was ice fishing nearby when he saw the
incident transpire. The video did not show what
happened before the vehicle broke through the
ice, so I am not sure what compelled the driver
of the vehicle (it was some sort of Jeep product)
to drive out onto the frozen lake. But he did so,
and I reckon he had a reason. The 17-year-old
was nearby, and he immediately leapt into
action. He jumped into the icy water, punched
through the rear window, and pulled out both
dog and man. It was a sight to behold. In a
world filled with hate and selfishness and
division, it was good to see this young man take
a great risk to do something good for a stranger.
He put his life on the line for another.
Paul often writes to the people of God about
doing that which is good. Galatians 6:10 is
probably the most well-known Pauline passage
on this topic, “So then, as we have opportunity,
let us do good to everyone, and especially to
those who are of the household of faith.”
Yes, Paul. As people who know Christ, we
are not only to BE good—to follow the “rules,”
as it were. We are to DO good to and for others,
regardless who they are. Too often Christians
seem fully satisfied with simply avoiding
wrongdoing—following what is wholesome,
checking off the “righteousness” boxes. Yet
there is so much more to being people who
know Christ. Of course, we should behave
well—and behave differently than does the
world. But we also are called to tirelessly DO
good.
–Ricky

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