Some years ago the Nike Corporation did a promotional campaign for their athletic brand wear. The slogan was “Just Do it”. It was a monster of an idea that lead to record success. Just do it was the tagline for sermons, books, and became the most influential phrase to inspired people to do something.
When we break this phrase down into it’s individual words we see a broader meaning. For example the intentional use of the word “just” implies attitude. It is meant to imply that nothing is going to happen by itself. It further implies by that attitude that there is an obstacle of some kind that keeps us from doing. The use of the word “just” tells us that we need to trivialize whatever obstacles stand between us and “it” (whatever it may be).
Then there is the word “do”. This is the word that calls us to action. First we acknowledge that obstacle then we take action in opposition to that obstacle.
Finally, there is “it”. “It” represents the object of our intentions. It can represent any number of things that we clamor at doing. It can represent having kids, moving across the country, making a career change, or in our case heeding the Great Commission. Whatever it is to you, that slogan is a great statement to encourage action in the face of opposition.
And, if we are not careful, we may attribute this concept of “just doing it” to the great many people that develop great marketing strategies such as this one. What if however, I told you that this was an idea from heaven first. What if I told you that Jesus had a “just do it” attitude.
Acts 10:30 says, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.”
This verse to me has so much meaning. Today so few Churches even touch this passage. And it is a shame because it is rich with what is really means to be lead by the Spirit. So many people sit around waiting to be lead, yet this passage teaches us the being led is simply doing good. This all became clear to me as I was praying in my car and looking at the many hurting people in our society. As I pondered all to this the Holy Spirit whispered this passage to me. Suddenly it all became clear, “Jesus went about doing good.” Jesus didn’t sit around waiting for lightning to strike. He took advantage of every opportunity to demonstrate His goodness.
This brings me to a question. If Christ Spirit lives in us, and He in leading us, then is He not leading us to do good? Isn’t it also possible that Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, and cast out devils that oppressed people, simply because it was good to do for people.
Many people want to walk in the Spirit. But the first part of Acts 10:28 says, “Jesus of Nazareth whom God anointed with the Holy Spirit…” Could there be a connection between being anointed and doing. The text suggest that Jesus walked in the Spirit and that resulted in doing good. In fact Galatians 5:22-23, list “goodness” or doing good as one of the fruits of the Spirit.
I say all of this to say, sometimes we make kingdom living too complicated. The Holy Spirit wanted me to know that walking with Him is about doing. Not just doing, but doing good. The world is not going to save it self. It’s not going to heal it self, It’s also not going to cast devils out of it self. If these things are to take place, we as the body must get out of the clouds and get down to doing. We must develop a mindset that says it’s ok to do good; it’s okay to take advantage of the opportunity God places before me to do good!
The sick need to be healed, the dead need to be raised, the poor need to be fed, the oppressed need to be freed. I know that you have opposition. That’s okay. Just do it!
It is recorded this way in Acts 10:38, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.