Leave A Person Better Than You Found Them

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Leave A Person Better Than You Found Them!

Galatians 6:10

2015 Frieda P. Smith

If Jesus were to walk this Earth today, I believe He would be totally disgusted with what He would find. After all, He left His disciples (those of us who call ourselves His followers) with specific instructions to love one another and forgive one another as He has forgiven us.

From what I have witnessed, most of us suffer from a bad case of amnesia. We forget the sins we committed that went unnoticed because cell phone recordings and YouTube videos were not available at the time (hello somebody!!!) and now we are pointing fingers with condemnation at other people and their sins just because we can now view them.

However, in our text that serves as the foundation for this inspirational message today, the Apostle Paul addressed the church at Galatia, recorded in Galatians 6:10, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Notice, the Apostle Paul said, “to good to all.” He was not instructing the believers to be selective in who received good treatment. Yes, he concluded by saying, “especially those who are of the household of faith.” By all means, we need to treat our fellow believers well, but as followers of Jesus Christ, we should be modeling the behavior of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to save all who were lost.

Jesus found Himself in trouble with the leaders of the Jews, because Jesus was hanging around with the locals—the so-called ‘riff-raff’—Jesus was good to all. Jesus was not interested in those who had titles and positions. Jesus did not want to be first in line or seated at the head of the table. When Jesus walked into someone’s life, He wanted the person’s life to be changed forever. Jesus wanted to leave people better than He found them.

What about you?  When people leave your presence, are they edified or horrified?  Are they encouraged or discouraged? Are they smiling or crying?

My friend, it never hurts to do good because you reap what you sow.

Let me share this personal testimony.

One late afternoon (when I was still employed as a probation officer), I took my young daughter and her several of her friends to an amusement park. When it was time to leave, I noticed my tire was flat. A kind young man attempted to change the tire, only to discover that the spare tire in the trunk was the wrong size. I called AAA, but they could not enter the property of the amusement park; I was instructed to drive the car off the property and they would send a truck to tow it.

When I finally found a safe place to park the disabled minivan, I called AAA and notified them of my location. It was dark and late, and I was many miles from home, stranded with six young children in my vehicle. If my minivan were towed, I would need two cars to get them all home. I was in trouble

A tow truck pulled up and the driver jumped out. Although it was dark, he recognized me immediately.

“Officer Parker!” (That was my former name prior to my remarriage.)

I turned and looked in the face of a young man I had supervised years prior for a felony conviction. He was a troubled young man, but I treated him well for the five years he was under my supervision.

Let me tell you what this young man did for us. When he discovered the spare tire was useless because was the wrong size, he took the flat tire off the minivan, drove it back to the garage in his tow truck, fixed it, drove it back to where we were parked, and put it back on the minivan. We were on the road headed home in less than forty minutes!

The young man was good to me that evening, because I had been good to him for the five years I supervised him. He may not have been the best-behaved person living, but that was none of my business. As Christians, we have been called to “be good to all.”

My word to you today is simply this: Leave a person better than you found them!

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