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Does Doing Good Matter as a Christian

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<p>In America today, we have the highest percentage of people who say they have no spiritual affiliation. There is a growing generation that is disillusioned with organized religion, especially Christianity. </p> <p>I believe the main reason for this is because when the non-religious people meet the religious people they see a huge disconnect between the religious people&rsquo;s beliefs and lifestyles. In my own experience as a pastor, I&rsquo;ve found that most Christians' lives don&rsquo;t reflect the very words Jesus taught. Our character, relationships and even how we spend our money doesn&rsquo;t accurately reveal our faith.</p> <p>In the Epistle to Titus, the Apostle Paul writes to a young pastor on the island of Crete who was facing a lot of similar challenges within the Church. During this time, the culture of Crete reflected a lifestyle of moral laxness and corruption, and the Christians were beginning to adopt a lot of the Cretan&rsquo;s attitudes and behaviors.</p> <p>Paul instructs Titus to teach the Christians to reject this Cretan immoral lifestyle and to live like Christ instead &ndash; <em>to do</em> <em>whatever is good</em>. </p> <p><strong><em>Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good,</em></strong><strong><em> to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone. (Titus 3:1-2)</em></strong></p> <p>Yet for many of us who are seeking to walk with God, we see &ldquo;doing good&rdquo; as important but not a requirement. <strong>We might wonder, if we&rsquo;re completely forgiven and saved by grace (Eph 2:8), then why does it really matter if we do good works or not?</strong></p> <p>The truth is, doing good matters <em>a lot</em> to God! This is an issue that is just as important to us now as it was during the Apostle Paul&rsquo;s time. The Scriptures are clear that doing good is more than just the icing on the cake in our relationship with Christ. </p> <p>What is &ldquo;doing good&rdquo;? It is not about trying hard to be a moral person or checking off a list of good deeds. It&rsquo;s a mindset, a thought life, and a relational aspect. It&rsquo;s about loving ourselves, others and God.</p> <p><strong>Doing good matters because it reveals God&rsquo;s loving and grace-filled passion for all people</strong>. The message of the Gospel is <em>validated</em> by the peace and purity of our lives and the concern we have for each other.</p> <p>God calls us to shine brightly! In <strong>Matthew 5:14-16,</strong> Jesus told us that we are the light of the world. He said, <strong><em>&ldquo;Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.&rdquo;</em></strong> </p> <p><strong>Our doing good also reveals Christ&rsquo;s supernatural presence in our lives. </strong>When we become saved, something supernatural happens to our lives and priorities. </p> <p><strong><em>For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.</em></strong><strong><em><sup>&nbsp;</sup></em></strong><strong><em>It teaches us to say &ldquo;No&rdquo; to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,</em></strong><strong><em> while we wait for the blessed hope&mdash;the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:11-14)</em></strong></p> <p>When the grace of God deposits the Spirit of God inside of us it gives us power and a new set of desires to say no to what is ungodly: lying, cheating, immorality, lack of concern for others, etc. Likewise, we also have the power to do good in every aspect of our lives: in our families, neighborhoods, and workplaces. We tell the truth, we live with a respect for God, and we love others. </p> <p>If we are walking with the Lord, then we can allow the Spirit of God to produce this real and lasting transformation that is internal and from the heart. </p> <p>This week, we begin the new series <strong><em>Doing Good: What Happens When Christians Really Live Like Christians</em></strong>. In it we&rsquo;ll learn how doing good honors God, helps others, and transforms us. We&rsquo;ll also learn how it reveals God's passion for people, His presence, as well as His priority and purpose for our lives. It&rsquo;s my hope and prayer that as Christians we will desire and become the kind of people who are <em>eager</em> to do what is good!<br /> <br /> Keep Pressin' Ahead,<br /> Chip Ingram, Teaching Pastor<br /> Living on the Edge</p>

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