Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Do Our Works Matter?

Ephesians 2:8-10 - “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. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

So the question is, do our works matter? The answer is yes! Notice vs.10 “for we are His workmanship.”  The word “workmanship” POIEMA emphasizes God as the master designer, the universe as His creation and the redeemed believer as His new creation. Before conversion our lives had no rhyme or reason. Conversion brought us balance, symmetry, and order. We are God’s poem, His work of art. We are now saved TO DO good works! We are not saved BY good works, but FOR good works! Isn’t that simple? And by the way, good works are...GOOD! Let’s look at some other verses:

Ecclesiastes 12:14: “For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” 

1 Cor. 3:13: “Each ones work will become clear; for the day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.”

Revelation 20:13: “The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.”

1 Peter 1:17: “And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear.”

Matthew 16:27: “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father, with angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.”

Revelation 22:12: “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.”

So what are these scriptures saying? Two words are very important: BELIEF and BEHAVIOR. To distinguish between our belief and our behavior is the answer. Our belief determines where we will spend eternity and our behavior determines how we will spend our eternity.

Belief determines whether we go to heaven or to hell. Our behavior determines how many rewards and the degrees of responsibility and the treasure we will have in heaven. You need treasure in heaven! Jesus said store up for yourselves treasure in heaven. He didn’t say store up for My Father and Me, hey we are running short on gold up here for our streets! NO, we are to store up, and we do that through our good works here. Did you notice in 1 Peter 1:17 it says “...throughout the time of your stay here in fear.” We are here but a blink of an eye and then poof!

Lastly, unbelievers are treasuring up for themselves wrath. Take a look at Romans 2:5: “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each one according to his deeds.”   So now, let me ask you a question: Do our works matter?