Word of the Month

Doing what is good

February 2016

A well-known author once coined the phrase, “There is nothing good unless you do it.” Nicely put. Anyone would immediately agree with that statement. But the question remains: what is good? Just because I do something I think is good does not necessarily make it good! Experience teaches us this time and again: there are times when we act with the best of aims and intentions, and yet the end result of our actions turns out to be rather questionable.  

So what is goodness then? Or to put it another way, where does all goodness have its source? With God!

Only God is good. Jesus already made this clear to the rich young man. And in response to the question, “What good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” Jesus answered him by saying, “Sell what you have […] and come, follow Me!” (cf. Matthew 19: 16-21).

Goodness is doing that which I see Jesus do. It is living the way Jesus Christ shows me to live. That is always good. After all, following means nothing other than being focused on Jesus Christ and being clear that it is in Him that everything good, everything perfect, everything that is best for you and me, has its source.

Look up to Him and do what He tells you. Then you will be doing what is good, and then you will also have what is good.

Food for thought from a divine service by the Chief Apostle