Good Works: Chris­tian’s Things to Do

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Paul sug­gested Chris­tians to do a good works (Col 1:10). Sim­i­lar in Chris­tian ethics, it is nec­es­sary for a Chris­tian to do a good work as a re­sult of our faith. The be­liever’s free­dom in Christ does not re­sult in sin but is­sues in good works, 1 Pet. 2:15 said, “it is God's will that by do­ing good.”43

The var­i­ous du­ties, which the Chris­tian must un­der­take, “the duty of ser­vice is not just to the good and kind but also to those who are harsh.”44 “Lord’s ad­vice to be

as wise as ser­pents and as sim­ple as doves” (Matt. 10.16). Even Chris­tians are said to have “cru­ci­fied their flesh with its pas­sions and de­sires” (Gal. 5.24).

“Chris­tian­ity tends to­wards recog­ni­tion of the ne­ces­sity of hu­man weak­ness, ser­vice of oth­ers rather than de­vel­op­ing per­sonal power and au­ton­omy, and a to­tal de­pen­dence on the grace and will of God.”45 Ac­tu­ally, Chris­tian teach­ing is very awe­some and self­less.

Many peo­ple may think help­ing the poor is of­ten re­garded as an im­per­fect obli­ga­tion and not a strict right, the poor can­not claim help as a right. But Chris­tian should think it is obli­ga­tion to help the poor even as a duty. 46 The Bi­ble en­cour­aged us to serve peo­ple even as much as our lives sac­ri­fice.

Ac­cord­ing to Matt 19:29, “and ev­ery­one who has left houses or broth­ers or sis­ters or fa­ther or mother or chil­dren or farms for My name's sake, will re­ceive many times as much, and will in­herit eter­nal life.” Sim­i­lar in Luke 6:22 “Blessed are you when men hate you, and os­tra­cize you, and in­sult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.” How­ever, in Rom 8:18 “our present suf­fer­ings are not worth com­par­ing with the glory that will be re­vealed in us”. Chris­tian has a big hope in fu­ture.

Sim­i­larly Ad­ven­tist mem­bers are strongly en­cour­aged to do good things, such as so­cial/hu­man­i­tar­ian works. Ac­cord­ing to SDA church man­ual: While our “cit­i­zen­ship is in heaven; from whence also we wait for a Saviour” (Phil. 3:20, RV), we are yet in the world as an in­te­gral part of hu­man so­ci­ety, and must share with our fel­lows cer­tain re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the com­mon prob­lems of life. In ev­ery com­mu­nity where they live Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tists,

as chil­dren of God, should be rec­og­nized as out­stand­ing cit­i­zens in their Chris­tian in­tegrity and in work­ing for the com­mon good of all. While our high­est re­spon­si­bil­ity is to the church and its com­mis­sion to preach the gospel of the king­dom to all the world, we should sup­port by our ser­vice and our means, as far as pos­si­ble and con­sis­tent, all proper ef­forts for so­cial or­der and bet­ter­ment. Even though we must stand apart from all po­lit­i­cal and so­cial strife, we should al­ways, qui­etly and firmly, main­tain an un­com­pro­mis­ing stand for jus­tice and right in civic af­fairs, along with strict ad­her­ence to our re­li­gious con­vic­tions. It is our sa­cred re­spon­si­bil­ity to be loyal cit­i­zens of the gov­ern­ments to which we be­long, ren­der­ing “unto Cae­sar the things which are Cae­sar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matt. 22:21).47

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