How to Know Whether to Do a Good Work
Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • February 22, In the year of our Lord, 2015
Scripture Reader and Reading. Dan Calvert – Matthew 5.13–16
Song Leader and Song Suggestions. Phil Joseph – Songs encouraging doing good
- Am I Expected to Do It?
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Eph 2.10).
14 …who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works (Tts 2.14).
17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? (1Jo 3.17).
- Is It an Opportunity to Glorify God?
16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt 5.16).
11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen (1Pe 4.11).
- Is It of Christ?
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you (Phi 4.8–9).
12 “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matt 7.12).
- What Would Jesus Do?
15 “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13.15).
1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ (1Co 11.1).
- Is It Good in the Eyes of All People?
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men (Rom 12.17).
21 …providing honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men (2Co 8.21).
- Will It Nurture Your Spirituality?
20 He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.
18a grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2Pe 3.18a).
- What Would the Spirit Have Me Do?
3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit (1Co 12.3).
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit (Rom 8.5).
- Will It Influence Your Children to Do Good?
19 “For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him” (Gen 18.19).
- Would You Like Jesus to Find You Doing It at His Return?
28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming (1Jo 2.28).
37 “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. 38 And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants… 40 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Luke 12.37–38, 40).
- Will You Regret Not Doing It?
17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin (Jam 4.17).
19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God (1Jo 3.19–21).
- Will It Confirm to Others that You Are a Christian?
2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men (2Co 3.2).
- Does It Strengthen Others?
19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another (Rom 14.19).
- Does It Cultivate Heavenly Desires?
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6.19–21).
2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth (Col 3.2).
- Will It Sharpen You?
17 As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
- Think of ways to maintain good works
14 And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful (Tts 3.14).