“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Think about how many times in the course of your days and weeks you have the opportunity to help someone, to show a kindness. Do you always take that opportunity, or do you sometimes pass it up?
When you take that opportunity, how do you feel afterward? Put upon? Regretful? I think we’d all feel a sense of not just accomplishment, but fulfillment. And the further out of our way we go, I think we feel even better about it in retrospect.
By the same token, how do you feel when you recognize an opportunity help someone, to show a kindness and fail to act? Does it stick in your mind that you should have done something? Do you spend time convincing yourself you really had good reasons not to help? Do you feel guilty?
God created us to do good things, not bad. It’s how the human machine was made to work. Good works are like the lubrication that makes us run well and feel good. When we don’t keep the crankcase full, we start to feel the gears of our being grind…and that feels lousy.
Guilt is God’s internal warning system that we are operating His creation outside of its designed parameters. The good feelings that go along with knowing we did the Right Thing, the thing God wanted us to do, tells us that we’re operating His creation as intended.
He knows we need that lubrication on a regular basis. He also knows that our lubrication of doing good works doubles as a message to others that He is around and working through His creation to talk to them.
He has prepared in advance good works for us to do. Because we need them as much as the people we do them for.
What do you think? Have you done any good works lately? Are you glad you did? I and other readers want to know what you think too!