The Lord’s been speaking to me about what true good works are. He’s shown me verses like:
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
And Matthew 5:16.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
And then showing me in Titus 2:15 and 3:8 that His own special people are zealous for good works and should be careful to maintain good works.
Then there is of course James who says faith without works is dead (James 2:26).
From all these verses it’s easy to see that good works are important to God and ultimately the fruit of any follower of Christ. But what exactly is a true good work?
The Lord’s been teaching me the heart behind good works that He wants us to have. A true good work is when we are surrendered to the Lord so much that it is actually He who does the good works through us. For we are His workmanship and we are His good work (Phil 1:6). We are not at all saved by good works, lest anyone should boast (Eph 2:9) nor do we earn God’s favor through them. But when we surrender our will and let the Holy Spirit possess us, naturally His good works will flow out of our lives. We become His good work that He promises to carry out to completion.