WHAT MAKES A WORK GOOD?

Grace For The Journey

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24July  What constitutes a good work in the eyes of God? I believe the 18th-Century English pastor Abraham Booth put it best: “To constitute a work that is truly good, it must be done from a RIGHT PRINCIPLE (the love of God), performed by a RIGHT RULE (God’s revealed will in sacred Scripture), and done for a RIGHT END (God’s glory).”

I don’t think those words can be improved on, do you?  The plain truth is that the Bible teaches even our “good works” are like filthy rags in God’s sight (Isaiah 64:6), because we stain even the best actions with mixed motives and less than perfect performance. Yet Abraham Booth clearly explained the foundation upon which a good work must be built:

For the love of God, By the Word of God, To the glory of God.

So . . . how are you doing in this area?  What has been your motivation for living a life that is pleasing to God?  Hope of reward for doing good?  Fear of consequences if you don’t succeed?   The apostle Paul makes it clear there is a better way … a far better way.  He is led by the Holy Spirit to write in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.”

Notice the ultimate Why behind all the What that we do:

That Why is the love of Christ.

We are not motivated by a fear of consequences, nor are we inspired by a hope of reward.  The love of Christ is the ultimate motivation to live the life God has both called and equipped us to live.

The best way to keep the love of Christ before us is to keep the cross before us.  While we were still sinners, Jesus demonstrated His love for us on that cross by dying in our place (Romans 5:8).  Jesus made it clear that there is no greater love we can demonstrate for someone than to lay down our lives for that person (John 15:13).  And that is exactly what Jesus Christ did for us on Mount Calvary.

Beloved, keeping this truth in view will keep your works good in the eyes of God, because they will be done from “a right principle,” performed by “a right rule,” for “a right end.”  And that is what makes a work good!

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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