“[Barnabus] was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and
of faith.” (Acts 11:24)
The Holy Spirit indwells all believers (1 Corinthians 1:22;
6:19, etc.) and the fruit of the Spirit includes “goodness”
(Galatians 5:22) among eight other godly traits. One should
therefore expect those empowered by the Spirit (Romans
15:19) to demonstrate holy goodness.
How does holy goodness manifest itself in people?
• Good people delight in God’s holiness (Psalm 37:23).
• Good people expect God’s blessing (Proverbs 12:2).
• Good people secure their children (Proverbs 13:22).
• Good people are satisfied with life (Proverbs 14:14).
• Good people love wisdom (Matthew 12:35).
• Good people are just people (Luke 23:50).
• Good people are full of faith (Acts 11:24).
Our Lord Jesus made it clear that the “fruits” borne by our
lives provide the identification of our spiritual status (Matthew
7:20) for all to see.
The parables of the “talents” and the “pounds” (Matthew
25:14-30 and Luke 19:11-27) teach two different applications
of the same principle.
In the one case, the same amount was given to everyone and
reward was based on how well each did with their resources.
In the other case, different resources were granted to each,
and the reward was distributed in proportion to the faithful
use of what was initially given.
In both cases, the “unfaithful” and “lazy” servant was
castigated and his initial wealth confiscated. No man “having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the
kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62).
Good people are productive people. HMM III
From Days of Praise