We are supposed to do good works
No, we can’t earn our salvation, but we are supposed to do good works. And there is a point of doing good works. And it comes from Jesus’ himself: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
They called on God that they would do good works.
[We have not ceased to pray for you that you] lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work (Colossians 1:10).
The point of the good works we do is to bring glory to God and so that others will see the good work we are doing and glorify God as well. Doing good deeds is a part of letting our light shine.
Peter reiterates this concept in 1 Pet. 2:12:
“Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul, and maintain good conduct among the non-Christians, so that though they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when he appears.”
Do you ever feel that way? Do you ever feel like you are looked at by non-Christians because they see what you’re doing as wrong? They think you are supposed to be one way, but because they don’t understand what you believe they see you as a wrong-doer.
Sooner or later, as you continue on in doing good works, they will learn more and more about what you believe through what you do. And as they see more and believe more, there will come a day when they too will have the opportunity to believe what you believe too.
The Three for Morning, Afternoon and Evening.
“Now for Next” Prayer
What do we need to do now as a church to be ready for what God has for us next.
“What’s My Role” Prayer
Pray for God to show us the role we will play individually in accomplishing that mission.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.