Titus 3:7-8 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
As you step out into this day the Lord has made, let it be adorned with ‘good works.’ But what qualifies as ‘good works?’ Many people try to perform good works in order to secure favor from God; some even go so far as to believe they might purchase forgiveness and eternal life as a result of their ‘good works.’
God tells us that NONE of us are ‘good.’ It is a country saying that you cannot get good water from a bad well. That is a biblical truth. A person that is corrupted by sin cannot produce works that God would consider ‘good.’ You must first be justified by the blood of Christ. It is only from a foundation of a justified life that you will have the ability to perform ‘good works.’
It is of eternal importance that you get this order correct. ‘Good Works’ never qualify as ‘good works’ until they are done BECAUSE we have been justified and NOT IN ORDER to be justified. You are justified by faith not good works. The result of coming to a great understanding of this truth will spur you to perform ‘good works’ on behalf of the Lord and those ‘good works’ will issue from a heart of deep gratitude.
Luke 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
Then the deeper our love and appreciation for God grows the more that love will manifest itself in ‘good works.’ Today when you go about your day, whether out in public, at home educating your children, or spending time with your spouse, let your decisions and conversations be filtered through a deep appreciation for the intercession of God’s Only Begotten Son on your behalf.
One very succinctly stated some years ago, “A true believer does not divide righteousness from sanctification nor pardon from purity.” God gives you the ability to work out your own salvation that He worked in you upon your exercising of faith.
The writer of Hebrews says it this way…
Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Born again believer, do ‘good works’ today!!