As 2013 begins, I am enjoying reading about the weird and wonderful New Years resolutions that many of my friends have made.
There is one resolution that I have not heard even once. And I would like to pioneer it !
However, I have to ease you into it, or you might dismiss me as total heathen, and add praying for my salvation onto your resolution list !
I’ll start with a question
What is the first thought that comes into your mind when you hear the phrase, “good works?”
If you are like me, as a believer, you are so quick to flee the sound of doing “good works.”
You know that you are saved by grace, which is not of yourself, so that you can’t boast that anything you did earned you entrance into the Kingdom of God (Ephesians 2:8-9).
You are saved solely because:
Your Saviour shed His blood for you.
Your Saviour granted you forgiveness for your countless sins.
Your Saviour chose you before the foundations of the Earth to believe in Him and inherit the gift of Eternal Life!
Did you notice how He did all the work?
It is true that the only One that saves you is God, but does that mean that you can throw “good works” out of the window?
I’ll give you some facts
Did you know that the phrase “good works” appears 13 times in the New Testament?
Surely if God inspired the phrase so many times, you need to take notice (tweet that).
- The Bible says that your light should shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).
- The Bible says that you are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that you should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).
- The Bible says that Jesus gave himself for you to redeem you from all lawlessness and to purify you for himself as his own possession who is zealous for good works. (Titus 2:14)
I could go on, but you get the idea…
I’ll leave it with you
Your good works are the fruit of your salvation.
They should be the natural outworking of the love, gratitude, and desire in your heart to serve the King of Kings.
Some examples of good works would be:
- Encouraging others and building them up (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
- Caring for orphans and widows (James 1:27)
- Declaring the message of salvation to the lost around you (Isaiah 52:7)
- Giving to others of yourself and material possessions (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
- Showing acts of mercy and kindness to others (Luke 6:36)
Shouldn’t “good works” be at the top of your agenda every year?
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap,
if we do not give up.”
So, will “good works” make it into your 2013 New Year resolution list? If so, what is one way you can start to carry them out this year?