Matt 12:11-12 - And He said to them, "What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 "How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." NASU
The most important thing for us to remember is to "do good."
Jesus asks the Pharisees a question "What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out?"
What Jesus is really saying is this: "You know if one of your sheep falls into a pit you are going to help it get out of there. You will not allow it to become a meal for wolves or coyotes and you will even do this on the Sabbath."
It was on days like that when I felt like I was drowning in work that I would ask my secretary, "Is there anyone in the hospital or did any visitors attend this past Sunday?"
I knew instinctively I had to go and visit someone in the hospital or someone who was looking for a congregation to join.
You don't know how many times I walked out of a hospital with a rejuvenated spirit. Why was I feeling better? I had allowed God to use me to "do good" for someone else.
As I walked out of the hospital, I remember thinking to myself, "There isn't anyone in here who wouldn't want to trade places with you."
You may not like your situation in life right now, but I can tell you I know people who would trade places with you in a New York second.
Maybe you can volunteer at a hospital or animal rescue center or you have an elderly neighbor that you can help.
If you want to be happy, then try this one thing: "do good" to others.
Jesus even promoted doing good on the Sabbath day.
There is a lesson for us here: it doesn't matter which day of the week you want to do good. You can do good on Sunday or the Sabbath or any day in between.
Doing good isn't restricted to any one day of the week.
Think On These:
People seldom get dizzy spells from doing good turns.
People who do good today never have to apologize for their actions tomorrow.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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