Friday, December 18, 2009

“Those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works.” (Titus 3.8)

New Testament Challenge, Day 34 – Titus and Philemon

We cannot avoid the issue of good works when reading the Pauline letters of the New Testament. During this challenge, in fact, we have read almost these same words every day causing (at least is should cause us) to reflect upon our response to Saint Paul’s challenge. Are we indeed maintaining good works?

Of course each of us must answer the question for ourselves but the extreme cases of poverty juxtapositioned with extreme wealth in our world suggests that most of us fail to heed the warning of Saint Paul. Most of us are more concerned with our own struggle than showing the love of Christ by helping others in their struggle. Most of us occupy our time with schemes to catapult our own situation into the upper echelons of power and wealth not only at the exclusion of others but at their expense as well. This may sound cynical, and tonight it probably is, but take a moment and read your local and national news and make an honest assessment of our society and then ask yourself....

“Am I maintaining good works for God’s glory?”

And then...


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