JULY 15, 2018 - "BEING PRODUCTIVE TO GOD"
As faithful, practicing Christians, we are asked by God to lead fruitful lives. The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Cor 15:58)
In this letter of encouragement, it is interesting to note that Paul uses the word “abounding.” “Abounding” literally means “overflowing.” It implies that we should give more than what is required of us. We need to go the extra mile in our service to God.
The activities he describes should also be examined. They can be divided into two different types:
EVIL WORKS are deeds that are morally wrong and obviously condemned. Such works certainly include stealing, murder or idolatry. However, there are other works that are more insidious than they may appear. This may be the act of doing something good but for the wrong reason. Giving to charity, caring for the poor or strict fasting are all noble endeavors when done for the correct reason. That reason should never be to call attention to one’s self or for one’s own glory.
GOOD WORKS are the acts that are good in themselves and done for the purpose of glorifying God. God searches for the motivation in everything we do. Is it done for Him or some selfish reason? There are opportunities to help all around us. If we observe our fellow man in need, it is our obligation to lend a hand. A spiritual richness is gained when we do good works for others.
Let us hope that God looks at what we have accomplished in our lives in a favorable light. Our ultimate reward will not be here on Earth, but up in Heaven.