Good Works: Christian’s Things to Do
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