Ladies, do you ever look around and feel overwhelmed by the evil in this world? Do you ever wonder how the small good that you do will make a dent in the huge wickedness? Me too!
When I begin to feel insignificant, I pick myself up with one of my favorite Bible verses. Romans 12:21 encourages us to not be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good. It is so easy to repay the bad things that people do – the insults, the criticisms, the rumors, and outright attacks – with our own brand of vengeance. But God says that vengeance belongs to Him... even when it’s tempting to take matters into our own hands!
The preceding verses tell us that, if our enemy is hungry, we should give her something to eat. If she is thirsty, we should give her a drink. If we do so, we will heap coals of fire on her head. What does that mean? I once thought that my goodness in the face of my enemy’s evil would cause enormous shame to rise in her heart, and she would need to bow her head under those “coals of fire.” And, I must admit, I grinned gleefully at that picture!
As I was studying one day, I received a new revelation concerning those coals of fire. In Bible days, if a woman allowed the flames to go out in her fireplace, it proved to be disastrous. Her work in the home would come to a screeching halt.
In such a case, she would take an empty bucket and place it on top of her head and walk through the village. Her neighbors would recognize her plight and bring out live coals from their own fires to drop into her bucket. It had nothing to do with shame! It had everything to do with her neighbors having compassion on her and helping her stir up the flames that would set things right in her life again. What a beautiful picture for us! Now, that picture made me smile in earnest!
And that is how we overcome the evil in this world – one small act of kindness at a time, one little bucket at a time. Mother Teresa once said, “If you can’t do great things, do little things with great love.” I have begun to pray that everything I do, say and think is motivated by love. Our motivation will determine our elevation.
When we are filled with the Spirit of God, we are alive and full of the power to impact our worlds, our spheres of influence, the places that we live and work every day. When we do small things well over a long period of time with great love, they all add up to make a dent in the evil.
I can get discouraged when I look at my seemingly ordinary, humdrum, everyday-the-same life. I haven’t slain a giant, camped out in the belly of a whale, led a million people across a desert or led three thousand people to Christ in one day. Think about it though. Those were just everyday people leading ordinary lives until God put His finger on them to do extraordinary things.
So, this is my encouragement to you! Start small, but start today. Keep repaying good for evil. You are a difference maker for the King.