Jesus clearly calls us to do good works! The purpose of our good works is to glorify our amazing and beautiful God. If it doesn’t do that, we’ve got the wrong motives and then we have the wrong outcomes.
Now that is a good word. Please receive it.
Goodness and good works are acts designed specifically to help others, which are characteristic of God. We are all made in the image of God. We can be good because God is good. And He is in a good mood.
- Good works are not a “bad thing”.
- They won’t save me but that isn’t the point.
Jesus requires and enables us to do good, although such is contrary to our human nature. Salvation does not depend on good works, but leads to them. We are called to be like God, as a child of God. We are a new creation, not subject to our old self that missed God’s goal for our life.
We have the power of the Holy Spirit and His fruit is growing in us. Good works are characteristic of God. God is in a good mood. God has our best interests at the core of His being.
May we pay attention to what Jesus says in His manifesto (Matthew 5 – 7)
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
English Standard Version. (2016). (Matthew 5:16). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
As we read the Jesus Manifesto, we find that the followers of Jesus represents an outlook radically different from that of the world. The world praises pride, not humility. The world endorses sin, especially if you “get away with it.”
The world is at war with God, while God is seeking to reconcile His enemies and make them His children. We must expect to be persecuted if we are living as God wants us to live. But we must be sure that our suffering is not due to our own foolishness or disobedience.