Have you noticed folks who are busy doing good works? They join diligent, working hands with the woman who wrought a good work on Jesus by anointing his head with oil (Mark 14:3-9). This woman and a host of others were commended for their good works.

Paul says, the household of Stephanas was "devoted to the ministry of the saints," (1 Corinthians 16:15). Dorcus was commended for making "tunics and garments for the widows," (Acts 9:39).

Brethren evidently bore witness of Gaius' charity before the church testifying to John that Gaius does "faithfully whatever he does for the brethren and for strangers," (3 John 5-6).

Phoebe was spoken of as the "servant of the church," for doing whatever her righteous work allowed her, as a woman, to do. Paul called for the brethren at Rome to "receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you," (Romans 16:1).

These heroes of faith beckon to a higher calling, to a remarkable measure of faithfulness. Consider Timothy's measure, "no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state," (Phil 2:20).

Remember also Barnabas who "having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet for the poor saints," (Acts 4:37). Can you imagine being so addicted to good works and doing such a thing?

Would it be better if such workers just quit being so diligent? I know that loafers and critics feel better if no one works, then they are not embarrassed by their own idleness.

Instead of criticizing, it would be far better to join and assist them. Titus assisted Paul and became, as Paul puts it, "my partner and fellow worker concerning you," (2 Corinthians 8:23).

Do you see the measuring stick? They set it high! Do you know anyone who is addicted to the ministering of the saints? Very likely they would welcome your assistance. You can become a fellow worker in Christ also.

The work is easy to find. Just look around you. Surely, someone has a need you can fill. It might be as simple as giving a drink of cold water to a weary saint or lending an ear or shoulder to a troubled person of like precious faith. Try it, you will like it and besides, it is very rewarding.

By Wendell Ward via Road Creek bulletin

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