“And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God, but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:6-17.
We could not have asked for a more transparent answer than the one that Jesus gave in my opening text. His answer was clear enough even for a child to understand. Yet, it is still surprising to me that even in this generation, there are still people who believe that doing good merits eternal life! If that was the case, then Jesus would have died in vain, because all we would need to do to be saved is just to do some good deeds right? Wrong!
In Romans chapter 7:18-19 states, “For I know that in me nothing good dwells, for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find, for the good that I will to do, I do not do, but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” Like Paul, many people struggle to do what is right. But with Christ in your life you can do all things (Philippians 4:13). He is the one that gives us the strength to do not only good works but all the things that we desire to do in him. Though sometimes, even after you have accepted Christ you may still have difficulty making right decisions or even doing what is right, but by meditating daily on his Word, and yielding to the Holy Spirit, you will be strengthened to continue on the right path.
Ephesians 2:9-10 says, not of works, lest any man should boast, for we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Glory be to God! we were saved to do good works not the other way around. God is expecting us to do good. The Bible says, once we are called by the name of Christ we should depart from iniquity and we should purge our self so we can become vessels of honor to be used by God unto every good work (2 Timothy 2: 19 & 21). God will reward you for your good works (Matthew 10:42), and as the scripture says, “for God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” (Hebrews 6:10).
I admire Pastor Franklin Graham Samaritan’s Purse charity. Whenever they give to others, Christ is always highlighted every single time. By doing that he is fulfilling Matthew 5:16 that says, “let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” We are the hands and feet of Jesus upon the earth. When he walked the earth the Bible says he went about doing good (Acts 10:38). Therefore, let us continue to do good in the name of Jesus, so that others can be saved, and God be glorified.
If your desire is to go to heaven one day and all you are doing is good, then you are on the wrong path. There is only one way to get to heaven and it is through repentance. There is only one door that leads to repentance and that is through Jesus Christ. Your good work or your nice demeanor cannot save you, it is only by the grace of God through faith that we are saved (Ephesians 2:8). Remember that a day is coming when our very works shall be revealed and tired by fire and we shall receive our due rewards. If your good work was done only to receive a reward in this life, then you shall surely suffer loss (1Corinthians 3:13-15).
How are you identified? As a good person just doing good works; or someone who does good in the name of Jesus? Heaven is reserved for saved and sanctified people, not good people!
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Please help me to be a light in the darkness of this world so that, my good works will point others to you Lord, in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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