Most Don’t Want to do Good Works Because Good Works Are Really Hard

Doing good works must clear the first hurdle of your faulty doctrine, then it must clear the second hurdle of difficulty in performing them.

Good works are not easy, this is the main reason most invent theological reasons for not doing them.

Most think, and this is where I think the Catholic Church goes wrong, that “good works” means confession, penance, taking mass, or some other religious obligation typically performed in church.

Good works in the Bible, however, have little to do with what takes place in church and much to do with what you do in your day-to-day life. Jesus’ constant confrontation with Pharisees should make this point fairly clear.

Good works center around the Biblical notion of love. Good works look like 1 Corinthians 13. It’s not a matter of giving to the poor, or giving yourself up as a poor martyr, plenty of people give to the poor without coming near doing a good work.

Good works have to do with love. A sincere desire to love the other person with no expectation of repayment and no flashy “look at me” attention grubbing.

Most good works take place without any notice, in fact, for the believer, they probably don’t even notice most of the good works they’ve done. Being aware of the fact you are doing a good work might be the nail in the coffin of your good work!

“Love is the fulfilling of the law” the New Testament tells us several times. Love is your good work. It’s even the good work James is talking about in the hotly debated James 2 “faith without works is dead” passage.

Love is tough; ask Jesus.

Good works are not easy. One of the main reasons they are hard is because they require selfless love and a forgetting of your own rights and desires for at least a second. You will more than likely desire to flee most situations where a true good work could have taken place.

In order for the Spirit to work in you to pull off a truly spiritual good work, you have to place yourself in a situation where you are over-matched.

This is where faith comes in and what walking by faith and living by faith are all about.

2 thoughts on “Most Don’t Want to do Good Works Because Good Works Are Really Hard”

  1. You’re posts about good works have been spot on. I’m convinced that the modern Church is losing followers because it is so much talking and so little doing. I also believe that if the Church acted as a force of good works instead of talking so much, people would come in droves to find out what it’s all about.

    I do disagree on one of your points, though. “Being aware of the fact you are doing a good work might be the nail in the coffin of your good work!”. What about this verse?

    “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matt. 5:16

  2. Notice my use of “might be”!

    It’s not a categorical statement, but I think it is a valid point–

    “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.”–Matt. 6:3,4

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