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Immerse: Messiah - Week 6, Day 28

Be Good, Be God's!

Galatians 6:9“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone – especially to those in the family of faith.”

A few weeks ago was the anniversary of the death of one of my favorite musicians. September 19 marked the 23rd anniversary of his quick and unexpected departure from this world and his entrance into his eternal reward. Some might recognize the name just by mention of it, while a few of you might need to hear a few of his songs (“Sing Your Praise to the Lord,” “Step by Step,” “Awesome God,” and countless others…) and you would immediately say, “Oh yeah, that guy!” And yet, unfortunately, some of you have read his name and read the song titles, and you are embarrassingly asking yourself, “Who?” I’ll spare you the rant of the beauty of his songwriting and the rawness and imperfection of his voice which so valiantly proclaimed the love of God and His enduring faithfulness in all circumstances and through all things and just tell you his name so you can go “google” it yourself, but when you spend the next three hours digging into his music, don’t say I didn’t warn you. He had a knack for using simple observations about creation to paint pictures of faith and provide pathways for spiritual conviction and admiration all at the same time. His name was Rich Mullins.

Rich was always one to shy away from the spotlight, never wanting any of the glory intended for the Lord, but when a passing fan or admirer was able to get him to autograph an item – CD, book, artwork, T-shirt – he would usually sign it, “Be God’s, Rich Mullins.” That was his simple plea and cry. In all the brokenness of sin, all the imperfection and insecurity that produces prideful arrogance in the hearts of man, and all the selfishness rooted in our human hearts, the cry of his music and the example of his life was a simple one – be God’s! In other words, belong to Him – love like He loves, forgive like He forgives, encourage like He encourage and serve like He serves. Don’t try to be perfect, because God knows, you can’t do it. Just live in His grace as you do your best to do these good things. Few and far between are the artists who have matched his level of songwriting. I look forward to hearing what he’s written since his arrival into heaven all those years ago.

In a subtle tribute to Rich and his influence on my life and my outlook on life and others, I adopted and altered his simple signature and created my own unique way of communicating the message of the Gospel and the call to action from God in our daily lives.  I took Rich’s simple trademark signature and added a similar preliminary phrase to it and came up with, “Be good, be God’s.” Not that I dare add to Rich’s simple wisdom, but the parallel is obvious and similar to the plea of the apostle Paul and this particular passage from Galatians.  It’s as easy as this, if you want to be God’s, then be good!

That is by no means a sense of painting a picture of self-righteousness or any hint of earning the approval of the Maker by simply doing good, but rather, because we desire to be God’s, we do good. And in the case of Paul’s passage, especially to those in the family of faith.
So next time you’re wondering how you might deepen your faith or increase the level of your spiritual maturity, don’t make it so complex or difficult. Just follow the instructions of Paul and “not get tired of doing good.”

Want to continue in the right direction on your walk? Then do good.  Want to get into a deeper and more intimate relationship with your Savior? Then do good.  Want to please God and bring glory to Him? Then do good. Want to increase Christ while you decrease yourself? Then keep it simple and just do good. You can’t go wrong with that.

- Pete Ramsey