You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Jesus spent His time on earth as a Do-Gooder. I am overwhelmingly convinced that:
The King of kings chose to live with us,
Planned an extended stay: 33 years,
Laid down His Crown and measureless power,
Humbled Himself to become a Baby,
Grew up in a simple family,
Obeyed His parents,
Lived in a non-prestigious town,
Worked in a non-religious job,
Re-acquired God's power at His baptism,
(as countless followers would one day do),
Selected unusual disciples,
Then went about doing good for others...
To accomplish extraordinary things: like healing, feeding and deliverance, calling out religious hypocrisy, beating Satan and his evil legions, paying the price for the sins of the world, covering us with Blood from His Body, opening eternity's door to God, setting in play a new way to worship.. and giving every future disciple the Example of a Good Life well-lived.
Because He could have emerged fully grown (from a deserted place nobody knew) as a miracle-performing Prophet. He could have chosen His twelve disciples and taught them the things they needed to know. He could have carried the Cross for us all and been resurrected on the third day... to accomplish lifesaving goals in a lot less time than thirty-three years.
But one key goal begged His extended stay: walking us step-by-step down life's path to Personally prepare us for our starring roles as do-gooders.
## Do-Gooders: Start Here (Part 1)
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2016 series called 'Do-Gooders.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.