Thursday, June 5, 2014

Maintaining Good Works

"This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works.  These things are good and profitable to men."
Titus 3:8 (NKJV)

The New Testament has a lot to say about good works.  Good works are not things you do to earn salvation and guarantee yourself a place in heaven; good works are what you do as a Christian because of who you are in Christ and what God has done for you.  Paul told Titus that Titus should "affirm constantly" the fact that believers should maintain good works.  That is really interesting.  It was not enough just to talk about doing good works once and a while, but Paul said it was something that should be done constantly.  Christians need to be encouraged to do good works, always.

The Bible says that we should be zealous, eager, for good works (Titus 2:14); we should have a pattern, be an example of, good works (Titus 2:7); we should stir up and encourage one another to do good works (Hebrews 10:24); people should be able to see our good works (Matthew 5:16); we should be rich in good works (1 Timothy 6:18); we were created for good works (Ephesians 2:10); and we should maintain, take the lead in, good works (Titus 3:8, 14).  What is all of this saying?  That our life needs to be filled with good works that glorify God.

So if we need to have a life of good works how do we do that?  It all starts with our relationship with God and moves out from there.  As we spend time with God through His Word and in prayer He will give us direction and bring us opportunities to do good works.  We can find good works to do in our church, in our community, and with friends and family.  The main thing is that we are always ready to take advantage of opportunities that come our way to demonstrate the life of God and the love of God that is in us, that is how we maintain good works.

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