It’s always the right time
Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. Mark 3:4
To do good or not to do good? That is the question Jesus asked on the Sabbath. The Pharisees were not happy with Him, once again for healing on the Sabbath. Seems ridiculous today, but the religious leaders of that day were committed to keeping the law and enforcing it with little regard of caring for people, even those that were suffering. They had reduced the priesthood down to law enforcement. Not that we don’t need law enforcement, but the role of God’s leaders should always start with loving people.
Jesus displayed that perfectly. Even and especially on the Sabbath. The day that was set apart from doing work, but not from doing good. Jesus showed everyone at the synagogue that day that it is always the right time to do good for others. It is always the right time to help others and it is always the right time to bless people around you.
This is still the truth for today. There should never be a question when God puts it in your heart to be a blessing to someone. Is this from God or the enemy? When it comes to helping and encouraging others, there is never a wrong time. Whether it is taking care of a sick loved one or elderly neighbor or watching a mom’s small children for a few hours to give her a rest. You can do good right where you are and any day of the week.
Today I want to encourage you to look for opportunities to bless others, pray for others and love on people in need. Serve those around you as Jesus did. Be quick to come to someone’s rescue that is struggling in life. Become famous for being compassionate and serving others. Then you will fulfill your greatest calling in life. The greatest thing you can do each day is to touch someone else’s life in a positive way and show them the way God loves them by the way you love them.
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 3:1-12
1 And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand.
2 So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.
3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.”
4 Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent.
5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.
6 Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.
7 But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea
8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how many things He was doing, came to Him.
9 So He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the multitude, lest they should crush Him.
10For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to touch Him.
11 And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.”
12 But He sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.