How Do I Know It’s God’s Works and Not Mine?Bro. David Chancellor
1/9/2005 6:00 PM
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
God working in us will please God. Desiring to please God isn’t wrong, although we’re not trying to earn a place with him. We can be what he wants us to be when he works in and through us. God works in us to use the talents we have in a way that will glorify and honor his name.
We have different personalities. God uses each one with their capabilities and capacities. He uses what makes us individuals to accomplish his will.
The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
"The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works…" This is how we know which are God’s works and which aren’t. "The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works." These qualities should be visible in the people of God. God’s people should be good to all.
Church isn’t about competition. It’s about upholding what is right. Competition used to mean that you did it better; now it means hurting another to the point of putting him out of business. We need to keep an attitude that is good to all. We should want to help the fallen. It should concern us when people fall. We don’t want to make it worse. Pick up those that are discouraged. Care about others.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
When it’s God’s works, it will be to God’s glory. Our lives should be lived in such a way as to bring glory to God. Even in the most insignificant aspects of life, lift God up.
How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
Where do you look for honor? If you seek to be honored of men, how are your works of God? Do you do what you do so that you can be honored? If you seek to be honored, you’ll be a hindrance to the work. When we’re doing God’s work, the honor should go to God. If we’re not acknowledged, that should be okay. Our desire should be focused on helping others, not on taking credit to ourselves. Let the honor go to God.
Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
If our works are not of God, they’re done to be seen of men. We should live to please God whether people are watching or not. We do what we feel God would have us to do. God’s people aren’t hung up on titles. They aren’t focused on having others honor them; they want the praise to go to God. Our lives should draw people to Jesus. Others need to see him in us and find him appealing. We should be the same wherever, whenever, whether others are looking or not. The people of God don’t do their works to be seen or to manipulate others.
1 Thessalonians 2:13
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
The works of God are according to the word of God. God’s people want to obey his word. We seek to see the complete picture of any aspect of life according to God’s word. We take the word of God and apply it to life. This sometimes takes thought and consideration. We want to get it as God meant it and apply it to our lives. The answers for life are found in the word of God.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
The works of God are the ones that profit. If it comes from the wrong source, it’s still unprofitable. Without charity the things we work aren’t profitable. With charity, we do it because it is what charity should do. We should do it because it’s the right thing to do. Charity can cause you to do these things. This is what causes us to work the works of God. God is what makes the Christian what he is. He’s what causes us to do what we do.