Pastor’s Piece on the Master’s Peace #8

 

Matthew 5:14-16
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. (NLT)

 

            Sometimes I feel that as Christians we shy away from the conversation of good deeds because we are afraid that some would interpret that good deeds get you to heaven. But the truth is that good deeds by Christians are vital perhaps not to our salvation but can aid in the salvation of those around us. Let me explain.

            The Bible is brimming with verses that link Christian conduct with how the world sees Christ. For example, we read in 2 Corinthians 9:13 “Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.” Also, in 1 Peter 2:12 “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.” (NLT)

            If we compare Christianity to a movie, our good works can be seen as the trailer. When unbelievers see the love Christians have for one another and the good works they perform, they may think all sorts of evil things about Christians, but they cannot fault their conduct, and this brings glory to God.

            Consider the alternative. If Christians act no differently from the outside world, what good is that? If the outside world is watching and they see no difference between themselves and Christians, what motivation if any, will there be for them to give up their unbelieving lifestyle?

            To be clear, no unbeliever will be saved by the good works of the Christian; the gospel must still be presented. Our actions can either help or hinder the gospel.

            During these days of waiting and watching, let us in the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.