Too many of us think that we can earn points with God by doing good things, but that isn’t what He wants us to do. A faith that works doesn’t just aimlessly work at any good thing, but aims its good work at the main thing. But what is the main thing?
Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 5:16, “…let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Everything we do needs to be for the purpose of pointing everyone we meet to God. We have been given an incredible gift of grace from Jesus. By leveraging our faith to let our good deeds shine, we can tell the rest of the world how they can receive that gift, too.
Matthew 28:18-20—Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Jesus didn’t give them a plan. There was no step-by-step method He wanted them to follow. They didn’t have a playbook or detailed description of what they were supposed to do. He just wanted them to multiply—to leverage the grace they had received in Him and enlarge the Kingdom of God.
Paul would do anything short of sinning to win someone to the Kingdom. In 1 Corinthians 9:22 he wrote, “…I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.” Wherever he went, Paul would try to fit in with their culture, as long as it didn’t mean compromising his character or the mission of God.
Being a faithful servant of God is seeing where the people are, and meeting them there. We can get so caught up in doing good deeds without a purpose, that we can miss the chance to really connect with someone in their culture. But when we point our good work towards the main thing of God’s glory, we connect with people and have the opportunity to introduce them to the One who can change their lives for all of eternity.