Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
There are several good points to be taken from this familiar verse. Some point out that the purpose of our good works is to glorify God, not ourselves. Others notice that we’re to let our light shine before men—in other words, don’t be shy about our testimony. But one thing that strikes me about the verse is that good works are assumed.
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we are “created in Christ Jesus for good works.” In other words, the purpose of our new creation as Christians is to do work. Just as Adam was created to work naturally—caring for the Garden—so we are created to work spiritually, caring for God’s Kingdom.
Sometimes we react against the idea of good works. We’ve often been reminded by faithful preachers that our works cannot save us. We’re saved by grace, not works.
Amen! I’m glad I don’t have to depend on works to save me; I’d be in deep trouble. But though we are not saved by works, we are clearly saved for works. There’s much more to being a Christian than believing the right things. There are right things to be done as well. Good works.
Maybe we don’t have quite as much time for entertainment as we thought.