7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,
2:14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
3:8 The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.
14 And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.
As Paul wrote to his young protégé, to Timothy, his son in the faith, he wanted this young pastor to know how to lead people to live the Christian life. This short letter has several great lessons that we still benefit from. Like 3:4 “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.” Take some time and read this three chapter letter and let it speak God’s desires for all Christians into your heart.
There is one theme that Paul mentions four times in this letter. It is this, Christians, those saved by the grace of God, are supposed to be doing good works. We should model them, be zealous for them, devote ourselves to them, and teach others to devote themselves to the good works of helping those in urgent need and of bearing spiritual fruit.
I have been a pastor since I was 25 years old. If you were to ask me what has changed in the church, I would tell you that people’s hearts to do good works has changed. Getting help in the church has become a strain on the church leadership. Church members love their church, come when they can, and serve when they want to. Being zealous for good works and devoted, or as the King James puts it in 1 Corinthians 16:15, “they were addicted to the ministry”, is rare to find in Sunday morning church attenders.
In 2017 I am praying that more of you will pick up the spiritual responsibility of doing good works as a blood-bought child of God. I pray that you will become zealous for good works because the Holy Spirit within you is leading you to do so. When we end this life, there won’t be any awards for who was the most busy, the most educated, or had the most money. God will be holding us accountable for how we served His kingdom with what He gave us.
Anna, Ben’s wife, is scheduled for a C-section delivery tomorrow morning at 8:00 our time. They are in good spirits and are looking forward to seeing their new daughter. Please keep them in your prayers for God to give them a healthy delivery of this their first child.
I will post pictures when we get them.
It was wonderful to have the Massey family with us in church Sunday and in our home yesterday. God is still at work at Victory Academy and Mark and Lynn are just doing a great job there. We loved having Laura, Rory, Russel, Grace and Emma with us too.
Have a great day in the Lord,