Do you realize that the Bible is concerned with how we clothe ourselves? Isn’t that an interesting and provoking idea?
- We are invited to clothe ourselves with Christ in Romans 13:14.
- We are instructed to dress modestly, with decency and propriety but also to clothe ourselves with good deeds in 1 Timothy 2:9-10.
- Colossians 3:12-14 directs us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. It also prompts us to put on love which is the personality trait which binds all the others together in unity.
Out of all of these instructions, the encouragement to perform good works is probably one of the most frequently mentioned.
. . . having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. (1 Pet 2:12 NKJV, emphasis added)
. . . 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. (Tit 2:14 NKJV, emphasis added)
This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. (Tit 3:8 NKJV, emphasis added)
The only way to truly clothe ourselves with good works and holy virtues is through the empowering and enabling grace that we receive through our ongoing relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. Walk in the “Clothing of Salvation”:
- The love of God,
- The grace from God,
- Faith in God, which is a gift from Him (Eph 2:8-9)
- The LIFE of God, which is the indwelling Holy Spirit (Pro 12:28; 1 Cor 6:19)
Cling to your relationship with Jesus even as a drowning man clings to a life preserver thrown to him by rescuers. Jesus provides new grace and strength for each new day, and He will never leave you nor fail you. Glory to His Holy Name!
We don’t often think of this, but the Scriptures tell us that the Lord rewards people for their good deeds. What a kind, generous, and loving God we serve.
For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. (Mt 16:27)
. . . who “will render to each one according to his deeds” . . . (Rom 2:6)
. . . knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. (Eph 6:8)
Just think of it: WHATEVER good that we do for anyone else, the Lord says that we will receive the same from Him. This is the best source of motivation that anyone could hope for! It is the promise of a blessed reward.
When you pay for someone’s gas who’s in front of you; when you help an elderly friend by cleaning their home or taking them grocery shopping; or any of the thousands of other kind and good deeds that you could perform—ALL be rewarded. Don’t worry! God has no problem with keeping track of each and every one of us, and our good deeds.
The Lord knows the number of hairs on our heads (Mt 10:30; Lk 12:7), and He cares about everything that concerns each one of us. He is our protector. (Deut 20:4; Ps 91:7; Heb 13:6)
The Lord doesn’t forget His promises to us. He keeps each and every one. And we can be confident that the Lord will keep this promise of giving us His rewards. Praise God!
. . . knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Col 3:24)
Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. (! Cor 4:1-2)
James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad . . . (Jas 1:1)
“These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” (Act 16:17)
. . . just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mt 20:28)
As shown in Matthew chapter 20, Jesus came to serve humanity—He came as a servant. Jesus came to reconcile mankind to His loving Father, and how thankful we are for His completed work.
The Bible tells us that Jesus is our example. (1 Pet 2:21) Since He lived to serve humanity (which means people), so also should we! Let’s admit that God saved us to empower us to serve others.
How may we serve other people in meaningful ways which bring glory to God?
- Hold onto and teach others sound doctrine. (Tit 1:9; 2:1)
- Perform good works/deeds for other people so that people will give glory to God for them. (Mt 5:16; Eph 2:10)
- Be LIGHT in the world. (Mt 5:14) Jesus says in John 8:12 that He is the light of the world. As believers, we are to allow the light of Christ within us to shine forth to all.
- Live honorably. (1 Pet 2:12)
- Be faithful. (Mt 25:23)
- Use your gifts, skills, and passions to serve within the body of Christ. (Rom 12:4-6; 1 Cor 12:27-28)
Living our lives as an offering and a sacrifice to the Lord—in service to others—is not only honorable; it is very satisfying. God bless you.