Does Satan sometimes influence a Christian to do “good” things? Oddly enough, it seems sometimes the answer is yes.
One of Satan’s most successful ploys is to encourage us to do good things which will prevent us from doing the best things that God intends for us.
Satan may tempt us to do a religious thing rather than a Christian thing. Satan may tempt us to do a church thing rather than serve a neighbor. Satan may tempt us to only pray for another person rather than help them while we pray. Satan may tempt us to give a cup of cold water rather than explain the path of salvation.
The allure of the good is strong for several reasons. Such activity is usually socially acceptable and we gain the praise of others for being so generous. Good behavior is less likely to involve a long-term relationship that might be confining. And, of course, good behavior allows us to have warm feelings of self-satisfaction.
What is the promised reward when we correctly identify, select and carry out the best? We will hear “well done, thou good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23)
How can we know which actions are good, but not the best? James 1:5 promises such wisdom. If we don’t seek this wisdom, we are likely to miss the chance to do the best things by instantly doing every good thing that comes along.
It is vital that we have an eagerness and willingness to joyfully serve our Master. But before putting our enthusiasm into play, we must seek and find his will. We must allow him to help us correctly identify our assignments. Then He will help us complete them.