“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepares in advance for us to do” Eph.2:10 NIV
Called to Good Works
Most followers of Jesus Christ understand that our efforts or good works do not save us. Instead, we are saved by grace through faith in Christ. Our salvation is a gift from God (Eph.2:8). However, we understand that we are created to do good works.
The Bible contains instruction for the Christian concerning the role of good works in the life of the Christian.
James tells us that faith and good works go together. Our sterling actions point to the fact that we have faith in Jesus Christ Jas.2:14-18).
Paul, in Gal.6:10 encourages the Galatian brothers to practise doing good to everyone as the opportunity presents itself.
The Apostle Peter says that we should use our God-given gifts to serve others (1Pet.4:8-11).
Serving your Community
Countless possibilities abound which you are at liberty to explore and implement as they come to mind.
As faithful Christians, our occupation is our prime means of ministering to the needs of others, serving them diligently, knowing that in so doing we are serving Christ (Eph.6:5-8).
Jesus made it clear that when we respond positively to the needs of the hungry, the stranger, the poor, those in prison, the sick and the disabled, we are acting in response to him (Mat.25:34-40).
When we ignore the poor beggar on the city street, we ignore Jesus. When we cannot find time to visit the sick and the elderly, we have not set aside time for Jesus.
Giving to the needy is an important area we ought not to neglect. James tells us that pure religion is to look after the widows and orphans in their distress (James1:27). As children of God, we ought to give generously to help the poor and those affected by natural disasters.
It is a pleasure to see the majority of our churches providing food, toiletries, and other assistance to the disabled, the sick and other unfortunate members of the community. In this, we are doing what Jesus and the Apostles commanded.
Give What You Can
You may not have money to give to the needy, but do you have time? Then volunteer some of your time to read for the elderly, run errands for them or help in whatever way they may need you. Take the decent used clothing that you no longer need, sell them and give the money to a needy family or person. Invite a destitute person to your home to share a meal. Offer to provide transportation for the disabled to get to their appointment. If you are a teacher, you may want to help by giving private tutoring to a group of underprivileged children in your community. Countless possibilities abound which you are at liberty to explore and implement as they come to mind.
Serving In Church
Followers of Christ are called to serve each other and use their gifts and talents to help develop Christian values in younger members. We tend to flock to those areas of service where people can see us. Many times, this tendency leads to a shortage of persons to serve in behind-the-scene but critical areas. If the service you are providing in the church does not bring you to the forefront for all to see, it does not mean that God has forgotten you. God sees what you are doing and will reward you in due season. Therefore, continue to perform your service with all your heart and to the best of your ability.
Serving is our calling. Jesus said he came to serve and not for others to minister to him. The same has to apply to us his children. Whatever you give in service to the poor, the unfortunate, the elderly, the disabled, the stranger, the outcast and the people of God will never be treated casually. God will richly reward you both in this life and the one to come.
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