Titus 2:14… Paul wrote these words speaking of Jesus, “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (KJV). Titus 3:1… “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work.” Titus 3:8… “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.” Titus 3:14… “And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.”
The words “good works” refer to the works of the Holy Spirit working through believers. We are to be responsive to the Holy Spirit in the same way that Jesus talks about in Luke 4:14-19. In essence, Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to be a doer.” Don’t be a “do-nothing” believer.
I want to say a few things about being a “do-nothing” Christian. It will seem that I am being harsh in this message, but I feel it’s one of the words from the Lord I have been given. The worst charge that can be laid against Christians is the charge of unproductiveness or uselessness. The word “uselessness” means “futile, having no beneficial use, ineffective, or pointless.” The anointing of the Holy Spirit is given for practical and spiritual daily ministry: “doing good works.” If we are hearers only and not doers, we are deceived. James 2:17 reads, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (KJV). Phillips translation reads, “Faith without the right actions is dead and useless.”
Many Christians have sat for years waiting for the coming revival. While they wait, they live by a do-nothing doctrine. Ten years from now they will still be sitting and doing nothing. If we abide in the Lord, as is spoken of in John 15:1-5, we will bear much fruit. Abiders are doers. Many will say that they while they wait, they are being prepared. Prepared for what? Why, after years of doing nothing, are so many still unprepared? Why do they become more set in their ways, more useless and worthless than before? Why do so many become proud, smug, and more critical as they wait?
The book of Acts relates the power of a people who were filled with the Holy Spirit and did something. When there was a need, they ministered to the needy. Many today sit and wait for God to do something, not understanding that God is waiting for them to take action.
The time for good works is now. Is there not a need?
Are you not anointed?
Do you know what you have been anointed for?
Or, are you a “do-nothing” Christian?
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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