I am going to start my write up today with some scriptures that I know the Holy Spirit will use to build up the words I need to portray this thought effectively.
Ephesians 2: 4-5 states that, ‘But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)….’
Ephesians 2: 8-9 states that, ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
The first thing I want us to note is that no matter how long one has been saved or how much one has done as a Christian, salvation did not come by anything anyone of us did or will do but by the love and grace of God as seen above.
We have been brought up in a world that has defined us by what we do or do not do; where fruits of a person’s hand are more important than the person. I have come to realise that this situation makes people puff themselves up with a sense of self pride because of deeds they have done or what they perceive to have achieved and hence are able to look at the next individual and start comparisons based on this.
It is this behavioural flaw that allows for people to sit and think they are better than the next and thus pass judgement; this is rampant in the world today and a lot of believers are carrying this notion in their head.
I have come across believers who carry a sense of self-righteousness because they think mastering the skill of ‘Asceticism’ is what Christianity is about. So because they don’t do a certain ‘bad deed’ or the other, they feel they are better than the next believer or unbeliever.
At this point let me throw in Colossians 1: 9-10 which states that, ‘For this reason we also, since the day we heard of it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;…’
Here, the message is to the Colossian Church, a group of people who heard the Gospel and believed, and gives every Christian some very important thought to digest.
Prayers were being made for them to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will for them in all wisdom and spiritual understanding that they may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…….. This goes to indicate that a person filled with the knowledge of God’s will for his life will be fruitful in every good work amongst many other great things.
God is love, He loved the world so much He gave His son – John 3:16.
As a believer, you are made one with Christ, you receive the Spirit of God, the Spirit of love; all the will of God is encompassed in love, He is love and acts in love every time!!!!
Knowing all man had done and would still do, God sent His son; knowing His will which can only be encompassed in love and knowing His person which is ‘love’, can only make a person do good.
So instead of focusing on what a person does or does not do which would lead to pride, focus on knowing God and sharing him (love) with others.
How can you do this? John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Read and meditate on Luke 10:22 also.
You can only know God the Father by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord over your life and fellowshipping with Him through the word and the Holy Spirit.
There is no way one can truly know God and not be fruitful in good works, so I’ll rather that than just doing good deeds.
What would you rather do? Sound off in the comments!
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