Some Christians seem to have the idea that since we are saved by grace, good deeds are no longer necessary. But the New Testament is clear on the matter. That’s what we were saved to do – bring glory to God through good works.
“We are created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has ordained before that we should walk in them.”
By unbelievers beholding our good works, “they may . . . glorify God in the day of visitation.”
1 Peter 2.12
Paul wrote to Titus that
“Jesus gave himself for us that he might purify unto himself a people zealous of good works.”
“This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works.”
“Let us learn to maintain good works.”
Titus 3.8, 14
And Jesus commanded,
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
What good works am I to perform?
There are many answers to that question, but I want to mention one I feel is often overlooked. When done for the glory of God even the most common task can be a good deed.
“Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10.31
“When you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto me.”
Any deed, no matter how small or common, when done for the pleasure and delight of God, and performed generously, willingly, and sacrificially as a demonstration of His grace – glorifies God.
“Whoever will give a cup of cold water in my name will receive a blessing.”
Even giving a cup of water is a good deed? The greatness of a deed is not in the size of the need, but in the clarity of its demonstration of God’s grace. It is the grace behind the deed that makes it great.
This revolutionizes my life! It multiplies my opportunities for “good works.” Any need that I encounter becomes my chance to serve God by serving others; to bring glory to Him by performing that deed as though I were doing it for Him; to be a living manifestation and display of His grace.
THIS is my offering! This is my life’s work. This is my living sacrifice.
So there are NO excuses. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Watch today for opportunities to do good works!
What “small task” has someone done for you that was a blessing?