I understand, as a Christ Follower, that good works are important.
They don’t buy my way into heaven, but they still have a meaningful role in my walk with Jesus.
Performing good works is my response of gratitude for the saving grace Christ offers. It is also how I live out God’s plan for my life.
Why Good Works Matter to God
As I said in yesterday’s article, God is on a rescue mission. He sent His one and only Son to save us.
Once we are safe, He wants us to help rescue others.
How do we do this? Through our good works. Here’s how Jesus explained it during the Sermon on the Mount:
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:16 NLT
When we do good things out of our thankfulness to God, it magnifies Him in the eyes of others and makes Him appealing to them. As a result, they might reach out their hand to be saved. The idea of which pleases God very much.
Deciding What To Do
So, what kind of good works should we do?
I believe Jesus gives us a strong clue when He instructs us to, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” And let’s face it, we love ourselves pretty energetically.
Selfless, assertive love STANDS OUT in this world. It shines a light in the darkness.
In fact, love is absolutely essential in ALL that we do for God.
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1 NASB
Good deeds done out of sincere love for others (and for God) are spiritually powerful–they are a pleasing melody to God’s ears.
If love is the basis for your acts, then you really can’t go wrong.
Good Works Are Important
Good works are important because they are an expression of our love and gratitude for God saving us. This is your path to your God-given destiny.
In addition, our good deeds glorify God in the eyes of other people leading them to acknowledge their Savior. That’s amazing!
So, even though we are rescued freely, let us not neglect the importance of good works performed in love.
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
Even if you don’t immediately see the results, your good works are important.