Ephesians 2: 8 -10 – 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
How often do you hear people complain about the church being stagnant; doing nothing but “warming benches”, as we say. Have you ever complained? Many “come to Christ” and think that after water baptism that is it. There ticket is bought for heaven. But as a friend and I were discussing recently, salvation is a process. Water Baptism is just the symbolic part of the process, just as the ring is in a marriage. So many of us are even misled into thinking that we are responsible for our salvation when the verse above clearly states otherwise, hence we should not boast in ourselves but always make a boast in the Lord. Some don’t even work for the Kingdom but oh Jesus lives on their lips. Now, do not misconstrue me, it is not an act of judgement because I was carefully warned in the word not to judge. Matthew 7:1 – Judge not, that ye be not judged. However this is to set you thinking. The verse above says we are Gods workmanship. We were chosen and created to do his work. Do you work? We have conform our minds into thinking that working is only leading worship, preaching, teaching Sunday school etc. You know, all the wonderful things that can be done in air condition because God forbids the sun touch your skin.
Feeding the poor and sheltering the homeless is also working. If this was not so then Matthew 25: 31 – 46 would not be relevant or written. Leading worship and all others stated above IS working but we were meant to do much more. Lives are depending on our work. We need to stop being “bench ambassadors” and work the word AMBASSADOR in its true meaning. Ask yourself, are you working? Do you turn up your noses at strangers when they ask for money or a bottle of water? What if that stranger was an angel? People lets arise and work. Work not only because the Kingdom of God is at hand but because it was mandated that we do so. I leave you with Matthew 25: 31- 46. As you go through today, ponder and ask yourself, “DO I WORK?”
Matthew 25: 31 – 46
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fireprepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”