Believe Jesus: Do Good Things
Christianity is a community activity with a responsibility on all of us to help all of us! Moreover, there is meant to be some forcefulness in the way we stir each other up. We are meant to “consider” how we do this, which means we need to think about it and be intentional about it.
Love and good works = being available
Often God gives us opportunities to serve at inconvenient times! Lots of Jesus’ miracles happened due to interruptions, but Jesus was prepared to be interrupted in order to serve people. John Wesley’s motto was: “Do all the good you can by all the means you can by all the ways you can in all the places you can and at all the times you can to all the people you can as long as you ever can.” What keeps us from this kind of availability? Ecclesiastes 11:4 says, “He who observes the wind will not sow and he who regards the clouds will not reap.” What application does this have to our availability to serve others?
Love and good works = being grateful
Our culture teaches us to Compete, Compare and Criticize, whereas Jesus taught us that, “The greatest among you shall be your servant.” Gratitude needs to be rooted in a strong sense of what Jesus has done for us. What things tend to drain you of gratitude? How do you best cultivate gratitude?
Love and good works = being faithful
God is faithful, and we are called to be like him. The promise of our salvation and of future rewards is a great motivation in this: “God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints” (Hbs 6:10). This means that very often there is a difference between significance and prominence. It is significant that someone empties the bins, but doing this doesn’t normally get much prominence!
Love and good works = meeting together
Meeting together is a key part of helping one another to believe Jesus! While it is technically possible to be a Christian and not go to church, this would be like being married and never going home – it would actually be abandonment. So keep going!
(Thanks to Rick Warrant for the headings for this one!)