Hebrews 13:15, Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess His name. 16And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. 17Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.

Galatians 6:9, Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

At Cottonwood Creek, I’ve been teaching a series entitled, “Building A Great Life God’s Way!” We have learned that faith and commitment are a couple of key ingredients to building a great life. This week’s key for building a great life is- sacrifice.  Sacrifice is defined as surrendering or giving up something for the sake of someone else. We can’t have a great life if we live a selfish life.

Living a life of sacrifice means serving others! The Bible says in Hebrews 13:16, “…do not forget to do good…” Every time we come across someone’s path, let’s leave them better off for having spent time with us. The truth is sometimes we get tired of doing good. Especially when we don’t see any good fruit from our efforts. Galatians 6:9 states, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people…”

If you live your life doing good, you won’t always see the fruit right away. However, do not get discouraged, be consistent in good deeds even when you are tired; God promises you will reap a harvest someday and somehow. My prayer for you today is that God would put someone in your path that you can serve so that you may demonstrate His love. If you are a do-gooder and you are tired or frustrated, I pray that you might be refreshed by God’s words of encouragement.

One of my early mentors- John West had a phrase that he used  a lot: “Keep on keeping on.”  I know this phrase is true with being a minister, a parent, an employee, a student, an athlete, a caregiver…

So, Keep on Keeping on today-

John Mark Caton