Doing Good Because It Works

Good works, that’s why we’re called to do them. Good works isn’t just a category – it’s a description out of the outcome. Doing good works works because doing good grabs the attention of other people’s hearts.

Will good works always work out for the betterment of those who see them? Nope. Think about Acts 10:38 and then combine that with Matthew 5:11, 10:22 and we’ll see that despite how good a work is the bad will still be riled up in the eyes who see it. But we must continue in the working of good because the end goal is to let our light shine so that the God of Heaven may be glorified in our actions. And how are we called to do that again? Good works. (Matthew 5:14-16; Philippians 2:15) And why good works? Because they work!

Spiritual fruit is born when works are borne by our hands, feet, back and heart (Colossians 1:10). Where money alone utterly fails, good works bring a value to the soul’s sure foundation that will one day be “cashed in” (1 Timothy 6:17-19). At the end of the day, when it comes to our relationship with God, we don’t make the work good, the good work makes us, and it reveals a relationship with God that is tangible and undeniable (Titus 1:16).

Think about it – the reason that God’s word prepares us for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17) is because it’s the desire of God for us to be ever working what it is good (Titus 2:14). The works work for his purpose and for his purpose we’re called to go to work (Ephesians 2:10). And in doing so we can rest assured that our work will work out for the good because the good work isn’t only good – it’s working (Romans 8:28; Ephesians 4:16).

So now that the point has been made when it comes to works that are good and the good works working, the only question that remains is what will our “time sheet” say at the end of the day when it comes to doing the good that works? (Matthew 25:31-46)

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)

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