Do Good…Works?!

by | Jun 3, 2016 | Vital Men Devotions

IMG_20160603_001542Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)  And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

My friend, Jay Baker, shared this verse with me the other day.  He shared with me the impact that verse had on him and it, equally so, has impacted me.

In chapter 5 of Galatians, Paul is speaking to the importance of doing good things.  Works.  Be generous and be diligent in good deeds.  I found this interesting.  Works as you know, do not lead to salvation.  Faith in the risen Christ leads to salvation.  Works cannot justify anyone, Galatians 2:16  knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.  Works cannot sanctify anyone, Galatians 3:2,3 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?  

What Paul is illustrating in chapter 5 of Galatians is how good works are an important fruit of the life of faith in Jesus Christ.  How effective is our witness of the power of the risen Christ, if those around us see no evidence of it in our day to day?  Paul is telling us to be a physical, working representation of Jesus’ power and authority.  Show it to others through our works.  Be diligent, do not grow weary of doing so, do not lose heart and you will reap an abundant reward.  

“And let us not grow weary while doing good,”  very important words.  In doing so, you may lose focus, effectiveness.  If you allow yourself to pause, grow apathetic, lose sight, become complacent, you may just miss an opportunity in which God chooses to use you.  You may be the spark God uses to open another’s eyes.  In that complacency, you may even backslide, lose hope or even faith.  What then?  

Stay focused, do not grow weary, do not lose sight.  Let your works glorify all that you know to be true of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Be fruitful.  May the peace and joy of the Lord be with you all.  God bless you.

Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace



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