We’ve all had it drilled into our heads: the gospel means that your salvation was determined by Jesus, not by what you do!
But too many people take this to mean that they can do whatever they want.
Here’s the thing: Your own salvation doesn’t depend on your good works, but someone else’s might.
Let me explain:
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. -Matthew 5:14-16
Christians are supposed to act as the light of the world. That isn’t for your own good. Good deeds aren’t for you, they are for others. We are supposed to let our light shine SO THAT OTHERS SEE OUR GOOD DEEDS AND GLORIFY GOD.
When you do something good for someone else without expecting anything in return, they will want to know what you have that they are missing. And the answer, of course, is Jesus. Good works were the original evangelism method!
Imagine if each one of us did one nice thing a day. Just one. For an average lifespan of 80 years, that equates to 29,200 good deeds each over the course of our lives. 29,200 evangelism opportunities for each Christian on this Earth! Think of the changes the church could implement if we all took this calling seriously. What if the church was known as where the nice and helpful people hang out, rather than where the judgmental people hang out?
This week I pray that each one of us would truly consider the implications of our good deeds. Help someone out, and see where it leads.