In her book, “A Woman’s Walk with God,” Elizabeth George teaches that Kindness notices people’s needs and makes plans to meet those needs. Goodness, then, actually follows through on those plans.
I am reminded of Mordechai’s admonition to Esther, in Esther 4:14, “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
God has placed you here and now with a purpose. As children of God, we are to be walking in Goodness. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Part of God’s purpose for each of us is for us to be doing good works, which He planned in advance. He has equipped each of us, individually, so that we are prepared, and he has placed us here and now.
Those who are within your sphere of influence have been entrusted to you,
yours to point to Christ,
yours to love,
yours to disciple,
yours– to recognize needs and do your best, with God’s empowerment,
to care for them the way He cares for you.
We are not all equipped the same way. The needs you notice, and the way you go about meeting those needs, will look different than Goodness in my life.
My teenage girls will notice a young mom with a crying baby, and know that mother will need a respite. They would think of that because we’ve had so many Littles in our house. They know the joy of babies, and they also know sometimes mom gets tired. A teenager who has not grown up with a house full of Littles may not notice a mother’s need for a break–not because they are unobservant, but because their experience has not trained them to recognize that need. They will notice something different, in an arena they have talent or experience.
Your walk and your gifts may be different than mine, but where our journeys intersect we can learn from one another, partner with each other, and compliment each other.
So who and what has God entrusted to you for such a time as this?
Who is within your sphere of influence?
How have you been equipped to do good to those God has placed in your path? We will talk about that next time…
This devotional was written to use in conjunction with A Woman’s Walk with God, Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit by Elizabeth George. The other devotionals in this series on the Fruit of the Spirit can be found on THIS PAGE.