March 20th, 2019
Moral Works Mean Nothing Outside of a Relationship with God
Ephesians 2:8-10 (KJB) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Any person, saved or lost in heart, can choose to do good and “be” good. He or she can be philanthropic and dramatically benevolent towards another in need. However, doing good works does not exclusively point to a person personally knowing Christ. Or that his actions are done with the right spirit at work in his heart.
In fact, any display of good works in life means nothing outside of having a personal relationship with God. Having the presence of good works can imply a person is nice. That he desires to be good and do good for others but, perhaps this same person has no ultimate desire to savor, serve, and sow seeds of the gospel message. A lost man’s heart condition sets him apart from that of a sincere child of God who measures himself against the perfect nature of God.
Sometimes a professing Christian can seem to be the sourest hearted person ever. It is a sad truth that sometimes an unbeliever can appear to be more kind and loving than a professing, but wayward, child of God. However, a child of God who has rightly judged himself has a natural heart in spiritual agreement with God which affects everything about his life; including his speech, actions, and his walk in this world.
The spiritual bottom line is that the spiritual state of the heart makes all the difference. A friendly and seemingly moral person who does not intimately know God does nothing and has nothing of an eternal nature. However, a sincere child of God serves God, obeys His will, and walks in His direction; acting and speaking with the maturing and multiplying presence and power of God.