Doing good for the right reasons

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

Read: Galatians 6:1-10

Consider: Forgiveness cannot be earned. It is God’s free gift to us, based not on who we are or what we do, but solely on Christ’s sacrificial death alone. As there is nothing that we can do to earn our salvation, good works should be evidence of the inward change that has taken place when we put on the new self.

The problem we all face is that while we know that Christ’s death alone is the basis of our salvation, our old sinful nature makes us want to earn God’s favour by doing good works. This is futile because God thinks no more or less of us dependent upon our works. In Christ we are forgiven and accepted by God, so nothing can add or detract from this.

To overcome this natural tendency, we have to trust what God says in Scripture and recognise that we need to submit totally to his authority. In Romans 6:11-14 Paul reminds his readers of this, pointing out that as Christians they are no longer under the law, but under grace. In his words: In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Notice that Paul tells his readers to ‘… offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness’. The words ‘every part of yourself’ must include our minds, as well as every other part of our bodies. As selfishness originates in the mind, we need to submit our minds to God.

Where previously any good works would have been done out of selfish motives, in the new life in Christ good works would become an expression of gratitude to God for his gift of grace.

Pray: Father, we pray that you would protect our minds from the lie that we need to do good works to earn our salvation. Help us to surrender all of ourselves as instruments of righteousness. May any good works we do, take the focus away from us and bring glory back to you. Amen

Every blessing