Grace For The Journey
If the title of today’s blog is true, and it is, then why serve God at all? Why should we attempt to do any good deeds, from serving in the church nursery, teaching a small group Bible Study Class, feeding the hungry, to building an orphanage or a hospital? The answer is really simple . . .
God doesn’t need your good works;
But your neighbor does.
Let’s spend some time looking into this idea . . .
First, we need to see that our good works really aren’t all that good. The Bible says in Isaiah 64:6, “We have all become like one who is unclean and all our good works are like filthy rags.”
The Bible also says in Romans 3:10-12, “As it is written: ‘there is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.’”
All that we are and do is influenced with mixed motives, selfish ambition, and our sin-stained hearts.
Second, we need to see living the Christian faith as an outward expression of an inward reality. Because God in Christ has reached down to us to save us and change us, we are to respond by reaching up to God and out to others.
Jesus says in John 15:12-17, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heart from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”
Thirdly, we need to see our good works as an opportunity to put on display the glory of the Gospel by reflecting the character of the One who saved us.
The Bible says in Acts 10:38, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
Our neighbors need to see an accurate picture of the God whom we love and serve. This is best done when our faith has hands and feet. It is a supernatural result of the work of God’s grace in our lives after we accept Jesus by faith.
The more we know, and are conformed to our Lord Jesus Christ,
The more we will look like Him.
When we deliver good works for
The glory of God and the good of others,
We make our God attractive to the watching world.
One final point: we don’t perform good works in order to gain our acceptance from God. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
We go about doing good because we are already accepted;
And in our completely unconditional acceptance,
Our good works become the fruit of our faith.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
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.”