Pastor Whitney

Our goal at Lifehouse is simple – Life. Together. That takes on many different forms. We have potlucks and go to baseball games, we get coffee with each other, pray together and go see movies. We do LIFE!

Another simple way that we do life together is by sharing with one another what we are learning through spending time with Jesus. Every month we put out a reading plan for people to follow if they want to. There are three options: snack, meal, and feast. Whether you have five minutes or an hour, any of these options offer a daily dose of God’s Word. It’s cool knowing that the people I go to church with, that I’m doing life with, are reading the same thing as me. When we talk about it later it’s awesome hearing the different ways that God is speaking to us as individuals from the same passages.

Recently we were in Romans 16. As I read I came across Romans 16:19:

“Be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.” 

I was immediately reminded of a song we sang in Sunday school when I was a kid (it somehow ended with all of us kids jumping up and down, stomping Satan…). Being a child I didn’t really understand what I was singing. However, when I read this more recently I was struck by what Paul is saying in this passage. Here’s what I wrote in my journal:

I think in general I’m pretty innocent when it comes to pure, unadulterated evil. But what about good? This verse says I am to be wise as to what is good. How much am I actively seeking what is good that I may be wise in it? Or am I just avoiding evil?

Most of us probably don’t go around thinking about the kind of evil we want to accomplish in our day. In fact, avoiding evil (like stealing, murdering, etc.) has become second nature to the point that we don’t even think about it. But what about the flip side? What about doing good? Has doing good become second nature to us? Not only that, are we wise in what is good? What does that look like?

So many questions! In the midst of all those queries, though, here’s what we can know: God is good. GOD is GOOD! He desires for us not just to avoid evil, but to be actively seeking Him because he is the ultimate good.

What is God teaching you right now? We would love to hear your thoughts! Please comment below to enter the conversation. Let’s do life together!