Saturday, April 14, 2018

Be Careful to Maintain Good Works.

“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.” Titus 3:8 

Paul here is telling young preacher Titus to be careful and to maintain good works. I know there are multitudes of people who believe that good works is a part of our salvation, but the scripture debunks that thinking. Good works has nothing to with the accomplishment of our salvation but has multitudes to do with our Christian living after we are saved. It never fails to cause me to pause when I see how some Christians are acting, talking, or conducting their life as a believer in Jesus Christ. It is like they forgot how they were saved, so let remind them. “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus…For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:7 – 9 If you go to chapter one you will also be reminded that God chose you to be His child before the foundation of the world. Eph. 1:4 You also need to be reminded that salvation is a gift and not earned. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 Now I said all that to say this, God has given to all of us who are saved the greatest gift known to mankind, “…wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Eph. 1:6 That acceptance is Him accepting us (sinners) as His own beloved children, what a privilege! So, if you are saved, really saved by the grace of God through the blood of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit, then you know what an honor it is to be saved. With all this being said, we need to understand our part, it is our part to “be careful to maintain good works”. This is a downfall of a lot of Christians, they either have not been taught how to maintain good works or don’t care. How sad if it is the latter, how sad that God did so much to make you “accepted in the beloved” that in return you cannot return to God a hint of the grace He has given to you. Some people say that this passage is to preachers and pastors, folks, that is a very lame excuse in laziness. We all as Christians owe God, we owe God everything, even our life if it is required. Millions of believers have died very awful deaths for the God they love. We are without excuse if we fail to maintain good works for God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Any true believer in Jesus Christ ought to ashamed by not attending church, the church is the pillar and ground of truth. 1 Tim. 3:15 Albert Barnes wrote “This shows that Paul supposed that the doctrines of the gospel were fitted to lead people to holy living;” and he is exactly correct, the doctrines of the scripture ought to lead us to holy living. But, if it does not then something must be wrong. Either God has not truly saved you or you are not being “careful to maintain good works” Christians that do not attend church is not walking in the light as He is in the light, they are failing God and not maintaining good works. Paul also used the word “careful” that word means - to exercise thought that is, be anxious – to maintain good works. But there are so many who can’t even gather enough spiritual strength to pick-up the word of God and read it. They can’t drag themselves out of bed early enough to attend and be a part of the church. There is a reason this is so important, Paul goes on to say, “These things are good and profitable unto men.” That is to you, the church, and others around you. You are not a good example of God’s saving grace if you are not a member and active in a local church. If you are not “maintaining good works” you are failing God and being an unfit witness of the salvation, that He has blessed you with. By “maintaining good works” means you are working everyday to bring glory to God, God has a reason in saving you from eternal hell and you need to figure it out and bless the Lord in your life. Folks, none of us are perfect, and maintaining good works is a daily struggle, but the fight is worth it. Read the word, learn the doctrines, and live like you owe God something, because you do!