God’s “good works”
There will be glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good. For there is no partiality/favoritism with God. Romans 2:10-11
This is an encouraging message. Glory, honor and peace to all who do good things for others. Think about this: Can you do good if it is not for others? Does God consider what we do for ourselves as “good works”? Actually, back in verse 8 of this chapter, self-seeking is listed with disobedience and unrighteousness. I think it is safe to say, to do good according to the heart of God, the first step is self-sacrifice. Putting others before yourself. This is of course different than taking care of your physical body. Certainly, I am not saying that you should neglect your own body to take care of the needs of others. Yet it has been done many times.
I can think of those who have neglected their own needs to care for others such at doctors and nurses in times of war. When people were brought to them dying and needing attention, they put in endless hours so that the wounded soldiers could be cared for. We can find countless accounts in history where heroes have put aside their own physical needs of food and rest to care for those that needed their immediate treatment in order to survive. Even soldiers themselves put their lives on the line for the freedom of their nation.
We can compare this example to the lost and dying people in today’s world. Are we willing to put aside our own needs to sacrifice for others to come to salvation? I heard a minister speaking one time about Christians in countries that are preparing for martyrdom by training to win their executioner to Christ. These Christians are facing a martyrs death because of their faith in Christ Jesus and their greatest concern is not their own safety or wellbeing, it is will they be able to tell the person that is going to kill them how much Jesus loves them. I would say that is self-sacrifice. That is a good work and one worthy of God’s glory, honor and peace!
Today I want to encourage you to step out in your daily activity to love others. There are so many lost and dying people out there that have no idea how much God loves them. They are waiting for someone to tell them this message. You can start small, simply with a kind word of encouragement and building a relationship of trust. Show others what God’s love is like by loving them right where they are. Don’t get caught up in what they are doing wrong, simply love them the way God loved us before we knew Him. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. If you are in a position that you don’t meet a lot of lost people, use your resources to support ministries that are out there doing it. There is always one of God’s “good works” that you can get involved in. Ask Him today how and where you can help.
Today’s scripture reading: Romans 2:5-11