A short and sober note on why we should do good works
Created by Jon Taylor - Sunday 25 Sep 2016
Jon Taylor
There are many paradoxes in the Christian life. To the unsaved, many of these paradoxes will probably remain a mystery or appear to be unresolved contradictions, because they are spiritually discerned and God reveals that which humans cannot resolve for themselves. I am colour blind and there are some numbers hidden in colour mosaic eyesight tests that I cannot see and it would be foolish for anyone to expect me to see what I cannot see. Similarly all believers were blind before God opened their eyes to enable them to see spiritually.
The Christian that is rooted in sound doctrine will be conscious that their good works neither impute salvation nor can they be used to level out the balance sheet of wrongdoings or cancel out, atone for, or reconcile shortcomings. We are not sinners because we sin, but because of original sin and our corrupted nature, we sin because we are sinners. Obviously we try to please God and try not to sin and fight the temptation to sin, though we recognise that as believers we stand blameless, not sinless before God. Our good works do not save us but they are of vital importance concerning the spiritual condition of our souls.

Sometimes however, if emphasis is only placed on our justified position to the exclusion of our relational position with God, an imbalance can occur which is evident in lack of good works. Our sanctification is not simply a matter of keeping on the right side of the law, attending meetings and clockwatching until the second coming. Good works are not optional but encouraging evidence of fruit in our lives and God working through us.
We can so easily forget that we were created for God and why we were created for Him.
Isaiah 43:7 tells us that we were created for His glory, but this surely involves not just existing, following a proclamation of belief, but glorifying Him in a sense that is pleasing to Him with the totality of our being. Ephesians 2:10 explains that we are His workmanship and have been created for good works. As believers we should be fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God (Col. 1:10). The Scriptures have been given to us that we might mature in the faith and be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
The book of Titus makes mention of good works on at least five occasions. Firstly, there are those who deny the lord in their works and are therefore disqualified for every good work (Titus 1:16). Secondly, young men are to set an example by demonstrating good works in the way they conduct themselves in all things (Titus 2:6-7). Paul also asks Titus to remind those in Crete to be ready for every good work (Titus 3:1) and to affirm constantly that those who believe should be careful to maintain good works (Titus 3:8) and learn to maintain good works to meet urgent needs that they may not be unfruitful (Titus 3:14).
Sunday 25 Sep 2016