Evangelism, faith, good works, giving, offerings, and overseas aid.
“But do not forget to do good and to share,
for with such sacrifices God is well pleased”
While we are saved by faith and not by good works (Eph. 2:8,9), a Christian’s life should nevertheless demonstrate a living, active faith by being a pattern of good works (Eph 2:10). Spreading the gospel should be a top priority for a Christian, but a life which is characterized by good works is also a good witness, which in turn adds credibility to our evangelistic efforts.
There are so many needs and opportunities, that it is difficult to know where to start, though you may feel a clear leading to work in a particular field or calling, or have obvious talents that you should use. It is important to ensure that your good works and giving are based on a sound interpretation of the bible, and on good counsel from wise Christians. A carefully and thoughtfully prioritised and strategic plan can then be formulated, to make sure your good works are as effective as possible. You may have already done this, but if not, I have made an attempt to do this – the article below is an attempt to evaluate different options for giving, and to prioritise giving (see pages 12-13) in a biblically sound way, and may help you:
Click here: final-giving
You are of course free to disagree with the priorities suggested and the biblical interpretation, but the article is at least a start, so that you don’t have to re-invent the wheel. Our giving can also include helping those in developing countries through overseas aid – if you are interested in this, please visit my other site http://reforestation.me for more information on options and ideas in this area. I hope this helps.
There are of course many verses sprinkled like salt throughout the bible which exhort us to give and to do good works:
“For we are His workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath beforehand ordained
that we should walk in them”
I like the fact that we are created “unto good works”, this gives purpose in life, and that they are ordained by God before we do them (in other words no-one and no thing can stop us, if it is His will, although you might have to fight every inch of the way), and that the good works are habitual, a way of life, not just occasional and ad hoc.
In the book of Titus, there is a beautiful thread of exhortations to do good works:
“In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works…”
“…His own special people, zealous for good works”
“…to be ready for every good work”
“…that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men”
“And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful”.
I hope this has encouraged you to do what you can, to do it heartily, and to be as effective as possible.
“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve”
Martin Luther King.
Some more verses…
“What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith,
and have not works? can faith save him?
if a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
And one of you say unto them,
depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled;
notwithstanding ye give them not those things
which are needful to the body;
what doth it profit?
even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
“For as the body without the spirit is dead,
so faith without works is dead also.”
James 2: 14-17, 26.
“Then the disciples, every man according to his ability,
determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea.”
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty,
nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God,
who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
Let them do good, that they may be rich in good works,
ready to give, willing to share”
1 Tim. 617, 18
Speaking of good works, if you are interested in overseas aid, you might like to visit my site Reforestation.me