If Your Works Were Tried

    1Cor 3:13 “And the quality of each persons’ work will be seen when the day of Christ exposes it. For on that day fire will reveal everyone’s work. The fire will test it and show its real quality. (Good news Translation)

    It is important to know as believers that Christianity is more than a call to abstain from a list of activities. We are to be people who are busy filling and living our lives with good things and deeds

    Works from our key verse simply mean things we do; our actions and deeds. The way God designed the universe, good works are meant to be natural. They should flow from each created being (most especially the regenerated) easily and freely. It is our duty (Luke 17:10) and our reasonable service (Rom 12:1)

    Our loving response to God’s gracious and awesome sacrifice should be to imitate him (walking in his nature) as his children (Eph 5:1)

    1Cor 13:3 “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned but have not love (not birthed out of love), it profits me nothing.” Jesus warned the disciples to avoid self-aggrandizing displays of works that are not pleasing unto God. The good deeds God appreciates are the ones motivated by outgoing concerns for others. The ones birthed out of sincere love, Christ being the center of it. They are not done to get the praise of others or because of the pride of the giver.

    God is so much interested in our good works. Eph 2:10 explains God’s purpose for creating us which helps us to see how we should respond to his gracious gifts. Jesus sets enormous examples of good works himself (John 10:32, Acts 10:38) and tells us to do the same.

    Matt 5:16 says “Let your light shine before men that is, your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”

    1Peter 2:12 “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good works and glorify God on the day of visitation.”

    Good works are what we were made for. They are the only reasonable response to a loving God. How then do we define or measure good work?

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