“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)
Who am I again?
Why was I created?
To do good works. (Among other things too numerous to be listed here!)
There’s so much to do, how can I do it all?
We don’t have to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders, but can focus on those which God prepared in advance for us to do.
How will I know what they are?
Oh, we will know. Sometimes the opportunity to help someone walks right up to us. Sometimes we grab the opportunity. Sometimes, we have no peace or rest till we do something that is begging to get done. I think deep down we know, if we are willing to listen and block out distractions.
But why don’t I do them?
Now, that is an answer we can get only by a bit of soul searching, in prayer and fellowship with the Lord. I don’t know about you, but my horror of appearing to be doing something good just to earn brownie points with man sometimes stops me from doing any good at all. But the problem with this is that I am more concerned about how it will appear to others rather than on what needs to be done and whether I can meet a need.
Sometimes apathy holds me back. Who notices? Or even cares? God cares. And the person blessed by you cares.
A drop in the ocean is not much. Well, every drop counts.
Sometimes fear ties my hands. What if I fail? It’s OK. I have God backing me, so even if I fail, there is something he intends to do IN me through the situation.
Most times, if I’m honest with myself, it is selfishness holding me back. Having to go out of my comfort zone. Having to exert myself on someone’s behalf, especially if that someone is not someone dear to me.
Dear child of God, what is stopping you from living out your faith through the works that naturally flow out of our relationship with God? Don’t let a horror of legalism hold you back.
Here’s another powerful scripture:
“14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. “ (James 2:14-17)
Next time there is a need that we can meet, let’s be careful lest we end up merely offering “thoughts and prayers”. By all means, let’s pray. But let’s also act.
Here’s another reminder from the word of God
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
The character of God hasn’t changed from the time this text was written. He is still a God of love. Of Justice. Of mercy. He still gives grace to those who are not caught up with their own over- blown sense of importance and self-righteousness.
May the Lord help us DO what needs to be done today! Are you ready to get your hands dirty? Have a blessed week!
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