As promised, tonight’s post is another school-inspired idea.
If you read my last post, my kids got to retake a test.
As for me, their teacher, I expect them to work hard now. I explained how the retake is a one-time thing. They are supposed to work hard for the rest of the year.
I will also work hard for them. That is what school is all about. Working hard.
Transition to the spiritual. So now I am forgiven. What is the next step?
We get to work for God now. That is the next step.
It is pretty simple.
We work because God has already worked.
I live in a region of the country that is steeped in a “works-based” faith.
Simply put, salvation is earned. You do enough good things to outweigh the bad and heaven is all yours.
Sorry to be blunt but this is absolutely wrong. The bible is clear on this.
Good works should never be used to try and earn something from God.
I strongly believe that our good works should be a response to what God has already done for us.
The writer of Hebrews said it this way;
“1In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” Hebrews 1:1-3
Check out the underlined part. That describes the work God did. He sat. That is what I like to do after I work.
There is nothing you or I can do that will earn God’s acceptance.
So stop trying to work for it!
Instead, let your works point people to God.
That is the purpose of good works.
I do stuff because of God, not for God.
I do because He did.