Born for Good
17th APRIL 2020
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. [Ephesians 2:10 NIV]
Ministry can be defined as “doing good for the benefit of others that brings glory to God.” Indeed, it is good to do good, and our focal scripture for today actually tells us that God has prepared for each one of us some good works that we have to walk in. This is what we would call; “your assignment”.
Each and everyone has their own assignment, which God reveals to them as they go along. While we should certainly press in to know where God would have us be, and what God would have us do, every mature believer eventually comes to the realization that God is more interested in having us follow Him than giving us a plan to follow. And in following a good God, we can and must do good to others. It’s really that simple: children of a good God do good to others.
After you have been with the Lord (as we learnt earlier), your good works MUST be seen.
It is true that our love for God starts in the heart, but considering that man cannot see our hearts, there must be something to show on the outside so men can give glory to God!
Matthew 5:16 says we should let our ‘lights shine BEFORE MEN that they may SEE our good works and praise our Father in Heaven’. Understand that when we fail to do good outwardly so men can see, we are inadvertently depriving God of His glory.
As a matter of fact, James has some really strong words for people whose faith ended in their hearts and never generated corresponding works. In James 2:19, he suggests that a man who only believes is no better than a demon who believes and trembles. In verse 26 of the same chapter, he says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
The good news is we do not have to do good that pleases God in our own strength. It is not merely hard, it is impossible. But we have God’s Holy Spirit in us enabling us: “for it is God who works in you both to WILL and to DO for His good pleasure.” [Phil 2:13 NKJV]
Father, help me to walk in the good works You have prepared for me.
Further Reading: Matt 5:16, James 2:14–26, Phil 2:13
Prophetic Declaration: Psalm 91
Bible In One Year: 2 Chronicles [Chapters 14–17]