Daily Devotions

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

James 4:17

Do Good Works

The Book of James has often been called the Proverbs of the New Testament. In it are contained pithy, insightful tidbits of divine knowledge and proper instruction.

It should make perfect sense to anyone that, if there is good that ought to be done and it is not done, then that is a wrong behavior. Yet God elevates that concept to the next level: not only is not doing the good a wrong behavior, it is actually sin in the eyes of the LORD who created us.

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10) If you were created to do good works - and you know what those are and do not do them - then you have intentionally chosen to not fulfill that which God has bestowed for you to do. That is sin.

You are to do good works, not to earn your salvation, but because you are saved and want to glorify your Father in Heaven. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16) The LORD has designed it so that there are good deeds to be done by you before other people so that they see them and glorify God. If you know of these things and do not do them, how will you let your light so shine before men that they glorify your Father which is in heaven?

So, it becomes quite clear that your good works are part of His plan to influence other people. In doing this, not only do you point the attention of others to the One who saved your soul, but you are glorifying the LORD yourself. Amen. (VAL)

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