Thursday, 9 October 2014

Maintain good works

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

Sometimes we can think that because we are not saved by good works and we are not kept saved by good works that they are not that big a deal. We might think they are an optional part of our Christian lives. But good works are a part of our lives because of what Christ did for us. It was indeed ordained before the foundation of the world that those who have been saved will do good works.

But it is easy to get discouraged while doing good works. We can wonder why we bother and why we keep doing it.

I think that is what Paul uses such strong words – this is a faithful saying. I want you to affirm this constantly.

All those who have believed in God need to be careful to maintain their good works. We are probably not going to be superstars. Very few are going to know of our good works outside of our immediate circles. Our good works will probably never be recognised.

But that should not be our motive. Our motive is found in the word of God

Be steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord because you know your labour for God is not in vain

Don’t be weary in good, for in due season you will reap if you do not lose heart

See that we have this ministry we do not lose heart.

So keep it up, maintain good works – just stay at it and wait for God’s reward. 

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