What is the Christian Life…A Life of Good Works

Good works.  One of the more misunderstood aspects of our Christian walk.  Are they necessary?  But  I thought God’s grace alone saved us.  Plus, I already work enough for the Lord now.  If these are the thoughts we are having regarding good works, I believe we’re looking at the subject all wrong.  Sure, Ephesians 2:8-9 reminds us, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.”  We should know that good works are insufficient to secure salvation, but what is our response once we give ourselves to Christ?  Our response should be the act of working good to and for those around us.  In doing so we are showing gratitude to God for the grace that does secure our salvation.

Our good works glorify and praise God.  “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16) and ” Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of wrong doing, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits” (1 Peter 2:12).  Christians should stand out from a mile away.  We should be easily recognizable as the group of people who show more love to the world around us so others can come to praise God as well.

Our good works are also part of how we were created.  ” For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).  That “prepared in advance” part should really stand out.  God has gifted us with certain abilities and personalities because he has works in mind for us to accomplish.  And who knows, some works may never get completed without your individual attention.  God has told us that while here on earth we must put his creation (you and I) to good use.  I know we can all agree that there’s much work to be done for the kingdom of God so “let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).  I pray that this message today has been enough to spur us to act, and in doing so, show God how much we love him.

-Joe

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