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Romans 12:1–2 (The Message) Good Works!

posted May 20, 2020, 9:10 AM by Jacob Boer

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

As followers of Jesus, we’re told again and again how important it is to live good lives and do good works. At the same time, we’re told that these good works don’t do anything to save us, so why bother since Jesus is the one who saved us on the cross? Doing good works is one of the ways our hearts are shaped to be more like Jesus: humble, focused on others instead of ourselves, bringing shalom into the world around us, being a blessing wherever God places us, and doing good works reminds us that sacrifice is good and connects us to Jesus at our heart level. Doing good works is also how we show Jesus how thankful we are for his sacrifice for us and it helps others to see what kind of a God we worship. Doing good works is a powerful way to show the world who we love and serve: great reasons to focus on doing good works I would say!

 

Q. Since we have been delivered from our misery by grace through Christ without any merit of our own, why then should we do good works?

A. Because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, is also restoring us by his Spirit into his image, so that with our whole lives we may show that we are thankful to God for his benefits, so that he may be praised through us, so that we may be assured of our faith by its fruits, and so that by our godly living our neighbors may be won over to Christ.

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