“We were created to do good works”

It would seem in Christendom that there are two words that many do not like to hear or talk about. One is “Do”, the other is “Works”.
Now we all have heard and know that we are not saved by good works. The scriptures make that plain and simple. However, let us not forget that “we were created to do good works”.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from ourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works,” Why? “so that no one can boast.” (Eph.2:8-9)
We have all heard the scripture above over and over again, but what about the second half?

“For we are God’s workmanship,(His creation) How were we created? “created in Christ Jesus” Why? “to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (vs10). Did you get that? God ordained (prepared in advance) “good works” for us to do. Sounds pretty “concrete” to me.

Our good works glorify the Father and the Son on the earth. We are suppose to be a reflection of Him in the earth, by doing good works. Christ was our example. What did he do while he was on the earth? “He went about doing good and healing all those who were under the power of the devil,” How did he do it? “because God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)

God is with us today, if so be that His Spirit dwells within you. He has created us to get out and “do good works” today.

Christ “who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people,” Who do what? They are “zealous of good works.”(Tit.2:14) The word “zealous” means a “zealot” which means “a zealous person, a fanatical partisan”.
May God help us all to be this kind of person on the earth.
Amen.

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10 Responses to ““We were created to do good works””

  1. Alex Says:

    Your post reminds me of a pastor I know who always says “I’ve been put here to bless others, and that’s what I’m going to do.” Do you ever get the feeling that most of the time, once a person places their faith in Christ and becomes a Christian, they become satisfied at that place. No real desire to be a blessing to others because they have been saved.

    It’s true, they have been saved, but they (Christians) have such an unbelievable opportunity to bless and “do good works”.

  2. brotherjohnny Says:

    Amen, brother!

    Personally, I think that many of us have had an experience in Christianity where God’s grace was so mingled with law, that it required a period of time of taking in only the grace of God, a time of ‘detoxification’ ,if you will, of purging out legalism.
    Legalism is often very subtle and it often comes from men and women who have the very best intentions for the Lords people.

    “Doing good” is all too often preached as a poor substitute for Spiritual nutrition when what is needed in the first place is a building up in the sincere milk of the Word, the grace of God in Jesus Christ.

    When a believer is properly nourished in Christ, ‘doing good’ is not very much of a problem at all as ‘good’ has become that ones very nature.

    I thank God for His mercy, and His allowing us to continue to find balance in Him.

    Thank you for this encouraging post, brother, it is a true word of confirmation for me, personally.

    May you be blessed!

  3. rjperalta Says:

    Alex,
    Amen! I believe all to often it is get saved, sit down and enjoy the entertainment.
    If it is God’s top priority to redeem mankind, to save them, then should it not be for us to get out and touch lives, through Him?
    Thanks for stopping by,
    and may God bless you as you go,
    Richard

  4. rjperalta Says:

    Brother Johnny,
    I know what the “legalism” is like. We spent 10yrs. in it. By the grace of God, we will not visit that road again.

    When you have tasted of what it is like to be a part of God’s Kingdom, and “doing” what He has created you for, there is nothing like it on this earth.
    I have had the “business”. I have had the “big house” etc. I have had the “world” and it’s ways. The bottom line is that it does not satisfy. When we are what God has created us to be, that’s true satisfaction!

    Yes, thank God for His mercy!
    Be blessed,
    Richard

  5. Daniel Chapman Says:

    Johnny and RJ.

    I have found a useful way of viewing legalism – its when we are trying to be justified by keeping the Law. No, we are justified by Grace alone through faith alone.

    I like Johnny’s solution of feeding on the word for that vital spiritual nutrition. There is great strength that comes to us through reading and thinking about God’s word.

    We are saved by grace and we live by grace. We are even now able to keep the law through God’s grace as well. What a dangerous thing to mix God’s grace with the law, as if we were somehow saved by our works.

    🙂

  6. rjperalta Says:

    Daniel,
    Good thoughts on “legalism”.
    Praise God we are not saved by “good works”, but saved to “do good works”.
    Great grace to you,
    Richard

  7. timbob Says:

    Greetings. When we have the compassion of Jesus for others, we’ll naturally be moved to good works. Not out of a legalistic mentality but out of seeing a need and fulfilling that need. The book of James puts in such a perfect perspective. Our works can never save us; they come about as a result of our faith in Jesus Christ, our desire to be like him, and the compassion that’s shed abroad in our hearts because of Christ abiding in us.

    Tragically, because of certain doctrinal teachings, works have become coupled together with legalism in the minds of many. Like so many others, I also a legalistic mindset for a season. This would be a good topic for a post at some point. Well, I hope that this comment still makes sense in the morning. Have a blessed evening in Jesus.

    timbob

  8. rjperalta Says:

    Amen brother!
    “when we have the compassion of Jesus for others, we’ll naturally be moved to good works”.
    Thank you,
    Richard

  9. Samuel Says:

    Hey man pretty good post. I dont know if you read oswald chambers, check this link out and please read it. Its not long and it is very good.

    http://www.rbc.org/utmost/index.php?month=10&day=16&year=07

    God Bless

  10. rjperalta Says:

    Samuel,
    That is very good. I have read it before, and certainly a good reminder. The Lord has been showing me time and time again, that prayer must come first.
    Thank you,
    Richard

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