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The Good Seed - Wednesday, July 8, 2020
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH

Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, 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.
Titus 2:13.14

Characteristics of good works
Good works in the biblical sense have particular distinguishing features.

One characteristic is described in the epistle to the Ephesians: “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (ch. 2 v. 10). God has previously prepared them; so we cannot decide for ourselves what they should be.

In Acts 4, vv. 9 & 10 we find a second characteristic of a good deed: it is done in the “name of Jesus Christ”. Works done on behalf of or on the responsibility of another are not “good” in the biblical sense. The third mark of a good work is stated in Mark 14:6: “She has done a good work for me” the Lord Jesus said of Mary, when she had anointed Him with that valuable oil to show her adoration of Him.

Finally 1 Thessalonians 1:3 shows that God can acknowledge a work as good only if it is a work of faith.

We conclude therefore that a good work must have been prepared by God, done in the Name of Christ through faith in Him or for Him. Since we cannot know what opportunities each new day will bring for us, we can pray daily, “Lord, what work have you prepared for me for today? May I recognise it and carry it out as you wish!” We can then be sure that He will not only show us such works, but also assist us in carrying them out.

Today’s reading: Leviticus 21:1-24 · Psalm 68:10-19


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