“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (1 Peter 2:12).
This is perhaps one of the most overlooked passages in all of Scripture. It is not to do good so that others think you are good. It is to seek to be so in Christ that others wonder what it is that causes you to be thus. You will be accused if you do good. Do not let that hinder the seeking to do good in every situation. He who is in you will lead in the way that you need to go in every circumstance.
Lord, You know the struggle better than any of us. Help me see through the fog of this age to neither get caught up in its traps, nor do good for any other reason than to please You. Do what you will through my life but help me see these things so that I may lead the kind of life You know I need to live to stay in the salvation You have given me by grace. Guide me this day, Lord.
Dear Lord Jesus, You invited me to live into the life You give through grace. Help me now and always to follow You first and above all things. In the grace You have given me, keep me on the path of doing good for its own sake. Help me to see what I need to see and thank You for every opportunity You give me to do good. May I always do good for its own sake and for no other reason. Amen.