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Biannual newsletter of the European Baptist Women's Union

December 2007 issue
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Do Good

Why God expects good deeds from us, His children?

God himself is good and He has done and still does only good works. In book of Gensis 1:10, 12, 18, 21, 25 after every step of creation "...God saw that it was good." 

In verse 27 we read "God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." How often do you think about yourself as the woman created by God in His image? This is amazing how we have been created. 

 

Ewa Gutkowska


 

Dear sisters it means that you carry His image. Your heart has been created and equipped in the biggest dignity as the image of God's heart. And I think that therefore after all the creation God said: "it was very good" (v.31). We can add it was not only good but also beautiful and perfect. 

What is the purpose of good deeds? 

  • Bringing glory to God. "This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples" (John 15:8) 
  • God likes it and He is happy when people do good. "And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased" (Hebrews 13:16.) 
  • This is good and useful for everyone. In Titus 3:8 Apostol Paul said: "...And I want you to stress the things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing good deeds. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone." 
  • Good deeds may provide for daily needs and protect us against useless lives, what means they help us to built our sense of value. "Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive (unfruitful) lives." (Titus 3:14)
What kind of good deeds (fruit) we can do or bring?

  • INNER FRUIT. We bear inner fruit when we allow God to create in us Christlike quality. In Galatians 5,22 Apostol Paul says: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." In this relation spiritual discipline is very important what means reading & study of the Bible that to listen what God wants to tell us and to do through us. The next one is the prayer when we can talk to God.
  • OUTWARD FRUIT.We bear outward fruit when we allow God to work through us to bring Him glory. So the motivation why we do different good woks is very important Jesus says: "...I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last..." (John 15:16).

Short testimonies from my life

Even if you have in your hand only small widow's coin or just a needle and thread. Even if you have just a small room or little food. Even if you know only how to clean and how to wash dishes or to bake cake... Whatever you have in your hands and whatever is your gift or talent from God use it to do good deeds that bring glory to the Lord.

This year in July, I was to Ghana (Africa). It was the Annual Gathering of the BWA and WD of the BWA meeting. I talked with one Nigerian sister about poverty in her country. She said that many people are really hungry and even die because of famine, but she added the Christians help one another, for example when they cook rice they usually add one handful more just for those who are hungry.

Let me share with you our special situation in my personal life. It happened years ago. My husband was elected the General Secretary Polish Baptist Union. So we had to move to Warsaw as a family with three children. This decision was not easy especially for me. It was not easy to leave work at the University, to leave our nice flat and to start life in a new place. First it was necessary to renovate our new small apartament. One day I went to Warsaw and we were putting new wall paper together with our children. It was necessary to take out the old one. When in the evening I tried to arrange the sleeping on the floor for the children in this renovated place, in my mind I had thoughts and questions addressed to God. I did not want to move to this new place and I closed myself in the bathroom and started to cry. Suddenly somebody knocked at the door. I washed quickly my face with cold water and opened the door. One sister from this Baptist Union building brought fresh, nicely smelling cookies. It was small thing made by this sister but for me it was great, because it was God's confirmation of our decision. I heard His calm voice: "Do not worry, I will take care for you. Your husband's and your ministry are very important. And from this very moment I freed myself from fear and feelings of uncertainty about the future.

Apostol Paul in Galatians 6,9–10 says: "So let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest. So then, as often as we have the chance, we should do good to everyone, and especially to those who belong to our family in the faith."

Ewa Gutkowska, president of EBWU
 

 

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