“This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.”Titus 3:8
I heard Ravi Zacharias say something to the effect of: we are not saved by works but we show we are saved by our works. There are things I can do to show that I am saved, but there are no works I can perform to be saved.
The day I was married, I made a lifetime commitment to Rebekah. I recited the vows quickly, not fully digesting their meaning but generally understanding what they meant. I knew she was the one and from that day forward there would be no other. I would stand by her side through good and bad, and in sickness and in health. We often think this is the best day of our life, but it honestly really shouldn’t be. I have experienced better days than the day we got married, and I have shared in closer and more joyful moments with Rebekah.
I often hear of people doing things for their spouse to obtain “points”. The “points” accumulated can be cashed in when one wants to do something that their spouse might not otherwise approve of. It can be watching football for the entire afternoon or spending a weekend hunting and fishing. It seems one party will do nice things for the other hoping to build up a bank of “points.” I guess there is nothing wrong with doing nice things for your spouse, but our goal should not be to accumulate points to be redeemed later.
I think of our relationship with God, and I am thankful His love is not based on my works. I don’t do works to obtain His love, but rather do works *because* of my love for Him. There is no getting points from God as His love is for me is perfect and cannot be increased or decreased. The good works He has called me to are for my benefit and profit. The sinful pitfalls because of the good works keep me from a life-destructive behaviors are and lead to eternal profit. If we have trusted and accepted God, should we not desire to follow after Him? Should we not want to walk after Him and walked as He walked?
We are called to a different purpose and higher calling. We are called to walk after good works as these are profitable to us. Do you do things in attempt to gain “points” with God? Do you do works for the sight of others or for your love for God? May we show our love for God by our actions, and may the world know by our actions that we are believers. May we do God’s work and may we be profitable to all men.