Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Gal 6:9b-10 (NKJV)
"Do good to all..." I think that these four simple words give Believers a mandate that is easily understood and much more difficult to live. As far as I can tell the statement stands unqualified. That is to say that the word "everyone" must include everyone and does not exclude anyone. What this means is that we can not afford to selectively exclude people that we either don't like or don't know.
This gives us more than permission to be nice to other people; it gives us a mandate to lavish other people with love, acts of kindness, words of encouragement, and...even cookies. Imagine how effective and authentic is the sharing of our faith, when it lands in the rich soil of another person's heart that you have blessed with your goodness. Please note that when the Apostle Paul talked about the Fruit of the Spirit, he stated there is no law (restrictions) against the practice of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
If you want an evangelistic tool that helps you bring in the harvest--this is it. I am sure that someone will think that this is being disingenuous. Well, they would be correct if our goodness was only reserved for people that we were trying to influence for Christ. But, please note the following: "We are to do good to all!" This indeed makes us more effective when we share our faith--but, it is a lifestyle of kindness that is extended to everyone.
Author's Note: The above picture is from our Mission's Team to Swaziland. It is amazing that a group of people would pay their own way to go to a country on the other side of the world, to do inglorious, back-breaking labor, on behalf of a people that they do not know. The love of Christ compels us to reach out in kindness...to do good to the least of these. And yet by reaching out we are redefining the "least of these" into people that are of great value to us. This is what makes Christianity go. Christ loved us--we love others! RJ