Posted by: purestjoy | February 10, 2009

Good Works

A question for the masses:

What do you think of  when the Bible refers to good works? As in these following verses:

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them
2Th 2:17 …comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
1Ti 2:10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness–with good works.
Tit 3:14 And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.
Tit 3:8 The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.

Jas 2:14  What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?  

How do you devote yourself to good works??   We are told several times to devote ourselves to good works.   How is that put into action?      These are some things that I have been pondering.    I know in my own life I could definitely be doing more.   I think the church as a whole needs to be doing more, but it needs to start with me.  What can I be doing?  (be doers of the Word, and not hearers only)    So when the Bible says, “feed the hungry, clothe the naked”  I need be DOING just that. 

In doing that, people talk about getting taken advantage of.  What is the balance in that?    Why are we out doing that?  Is it to get people saved?  (“That people may see your good works and glorify God”)  Is it to feel good about ourselves?  Or is it because God told us to?   If we know somebody is taking advantage of us, should we continue doing it?  Why or why not?     Sometimes I get so frustrated because  it seems that people are TOO cautious nowadays because there are so many scammers that therefore we aren’t doing anything and to me there’s just something inherently wrong with that. But I don’t know what the answer is.   It goes back to expecting sinners to act like saints .. when really … they’re sinners, and they are going to act like that because of their sin nature.   Should we expect them to clean up their act before we help them?  Why or why not?  Did God help us when we cleaned up our act, or did He reach down “while we were yet sinners?”?   Does that translate to helping somebody?   Or is it throwing pearls before swine? 

Thoughts?? 🙂

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Responses

  1. I have often had these same thoughts and can understand your dilemma. I am right there with you. It is an area I need work in also.

  2. hmmmmmmmmmmmm……? i have thought it over and decided….idk????


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