Story Changing | The Church’s Role | What is Your Church Known For?
“Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Luke 10:2
First Church was known for their angry marches about everything from the new stop sign to a poster at the mall. Velocity Tabernacle was known for its professional musicians and stage plays, and Church of the Mountains was known for being jealous of Velocity Tabernacle. Uptight Sanctuary was known for their strict dress code and Holy Ghost Reign was known for just being weird. Churches create reputations within their own communities—some are deserved and some aren’t. Jesus wanted His church to be known for its good deeds, not for its own sake, but so that people would praise God for it.
God is known for His good deeds and His church must reflect His character. God fills His creation with beauty and joy. Imagine if He’d given us no senses or any way to enjoy what He made. What if the world was only gray, dull, and emotionless. Life would be drudgery. Instead, He filled His earth with good because He is good. Both good people and evil people get to enjoy what He made. His works reflect His character and so should ours. The church is to be known for its goodness so that others can see the goodness of our Father.
Final Thought: What do you think our church is known for? How could you help it become known for its good deeds?
Prayer: Father, am I known for my good deeds? When my good deeds are noticed, do I give you the praise or do I keep it for myself? Help me apply this verse to my life and make it my goal to let your goodness shine through me. In Jesus name, Amen