What are good works? Why does Jesus call us to do them?
Jesus clearly calls us to do good works! The purpose of our good works is to glorify the amazing and beautiful God. If it doesn’t do that, we’ve got the wrong motives and then we have the wrong outcomes.
Now that is a good word. Please receive it.
Goodness and good works are acts designed specifically to help others, which are characteristic of God. We can be good because God is good. And He is in a good mood.
Good works are not a “bad thing”. They won’t save me but that isn’t the point.
Jesus is about to wrap His Manifesto (Matthew 5-7). There is one final parable to lay it all out. There is a contrast in the previous paragraph which was between ‘saying’ and ‘doing’. The contrast now is between ‘hearing’ and ‘doing’.
On the one hand, Jesus says, there is the person who hears these words of mine and does them (24), and on the other the person who hears these words of mine and does not do them (26).
May I be a person who hears and acts. May I be obedient. Jesus is commanding me to love. Will I?
How am I doing with being selfless on behalf of others?
It is a pretty telling question if I answer it honestly.
- How am I at giving to the poor?
- Am I visiting the sick?
- How is my prison ministry going?