Doing good works keeps our Christianity from becoming a mere religion of words; all lip and no life, all talk and no walk, all profession and no practice. When Jesus, the Head of the Church, was evaluating the seven churches in the book of Revelation located in Asia Minor, included in what He said to them was this:
Revelation 3:8, “I KNOW THY WORKS: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”
“I know thy works,” not “I know thy intentions or I know thy belief’s.” Not “I know your professions and confessions.” You see, He does not want to hear your revelation of the Word, He wants to see it. Show Him something. If you have a revelation about intercession, show Him by your functioning in prayer and attendance at prayer meetings. If you have a revelation of the local church, show Him by your loyalty to it and functioning in it. If you have a revelation of prosperity, show Him by your giving. If you have a revelation of worship, show Him in the song service with your praise, worship, or shout but do not shout amen louder than you walk.
There is a false teaching of grace that is not the true grace of God (1 Peter 5:12) that says works do not matter. It is true that works do not matter for salvation (salvation is a gift based on Jesus’ works) but they should come from salvation.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” We are saved and spiritually created in Christ Jesus that good works would result; we were saved to serve and produce good works. Good works that merit any reward can only start when we come to the Cross and accept salvation by grace through faith. From the point of salvation onward they are important for this life and the life to come.
Our works will follow us into heaven for rewards or loss of rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ. You will not be rewarded for your works, but for your works that remain after the fire tries the quality of them.
1 Corinthians 3:13-15, “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
Revelation 14:13, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.”
Start today by going to Church, it is a good work we are called to do. We have been given gifts and graces to function and supply for the Body of Christ, the Church. When the Church assembles, all the Body parts and members are to be there.
JESUS TAKES NOTICE OF OUR WORKS NOT MERELY OUR BELIEFS AND PROFESSIONS OF FAITH