God’s Working People
The Work of Good Deeds – Part II
Scripture Reading: James 3:13-18
Key Verse: James 3:13 NLT
If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.
In today’s Key Verse, James uses the word “prove”, not the word “earn”. James is telling us that after we receive God’s gift of eternal life by faith in Jesus, we prove it by the way we act!
The first way we prove our faith in Jesus is to live an honorable life. We understand what an honorable life is by looking at the life that Jesus lived on earth, as well as the instructions in the New Testament.
Also, God has given us the Holy Spirit to remind us of the truth found in the Bible. The Holy Spirit uses our conscience to guide us in daily living. When we do something that is not part of an “honorable life”, the Holy Spirit convicts us and we feel guilty. When this happens, we are to repent and learn.
Slowly and surely, God completes the work He started in us:
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)
The second way we prove our faith in Jesus is to show that we understand God’s ways by doing good works.
As an analogy, think about marriage. When I got married, I began living in a way that proved I meant the words I spoke when I made the marriage commitment. There are things that I stopped doing and there are things I started doing; this is the “work” of marriage.
So it is in my relationship with God. I put my faith in Jesus and committed my life to Him. Every day after, I have done good deeds that proved my commitment.
Today’s Key Verse finishes by reminding us to be humble in all that we do. Never allow our good deeds to cause our pride to grow. Mature Christ-followers know and remind themselves often that it is God that gives wisdom, love, and strength to do good deeds. We can accomplish nothing without Him!
As we commit to being a person who does good deeds, we must daily ask God for wisdom in this area. We need the Holy Spirit to open our spiritual eyes to the needs around us in which God wants us to get involved.
As each Christ-follower is obedient to this call to service, the Kingdom of God becomes a powerful force in our world. Our world is slowing realizing that it is the faith-based organizations that are the most consistent in their service to our hurting world. Be a part of this team by committing to be a person “rich in good deeds…” (1 Timothy 6:18).
Father, please guide me into being a person that is consistently blessing others with my good deeds. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.