Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Created for Good Works

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

3rd February 2013

We know that we are not saved by good works but notice what Paul says in Ephesians 2:8-10,

‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do’.

What a wonderful term to describe us: ‘God’s handiwork’.

In the Greek it indicates a masterpiece, and as God is the author of his handiwork, He should get all the credit.

This verse implies God both makes ready the opportunities for our good works [‘prepared in advance for us to do’] and makes us ready to do them [‘created in Christ Jesus to do good works’].

But if God has made ready the opportunities for our good works and makes us ready to do them, then our part is to seek out those opportunities then join with Christ in carrying out those good works in His strength.

The inescapable fact is that we are surrounded by those opportunities, we don’t have to look very far; they exist in our streets, in our workplaces and in our homes.

Just a simple gesture of friendship or an act of neighbourliness can have far reaching consequences.

The door of opportunity that is open the widest is to find someone who is lonely. In a big city like London there are many, many, lonely people who just need someone to be concerned about them and show them some love.

An invitation to share a meal, or a card of encouragement, may be all that is necessary.

Serving others is a distinguishing mark of Christians in the world.

If you want to live for God, you must be ready to say and do what seems strange to the world. You must be willing to give when others take, to love when others hate, to help where others have abused. By giving up your own rights in order to serve others, you will one day receive everything God has in store for you.

We have been given excellent resources to build and expand God’s kingdom. Jesus expects us to use these talents so that they multiply and the kingdom grows. He will ask each of us to account for what we do with His gifts. So while waiting for the coming of the kingdom of God in glory, we must join Christ and participate in His work of serving and loving others in a practical way.

‘What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead’. (James 2:14-17)

So why not make it your task this week to do some form of good work for someone else?

After all it’s what we were created for; and in doing so we display God’s handiwork.

Have a good week doing something good for someone in need,

Pastor Barry

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