Tod Kennedy, Edited June 9, 2005
service, good works, or divine good is Godís good done in Godís way. Only
a believer in fellowship with God and living by the Holy Spirit can
produce divine good works (John 15:5; Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 1:9-10;
Romans 12:21; 2 Thessalonians 2:17; 2 Timothy 2:21; Titus 2:7).
opposite of Christian service is manís works or human good, which is manís
work done in the manís way, or Godís work done in manís way. Both
believers and unbelievers produce human good works. We might categorize
human good works as follows. The works might be exactly the same. The
difference is that only a believer has the option for divine good works,
and even then the kind of works done depend on the motive, fellowship with
God, and the ministry of Holy Spirit in the workerís life.
is moral good. Moral good is doing the right thing based on biblical
standards of morality; telling the truth is moral good; providing for oneís
family is moral good; paying oneís bills is moral good; not stealing is
moral good. Moral good is required for the safety and prosperity of a nation
(Romans 13:1-9; Titus 3:5).
second is religious good. This is human good works that come from a
religious code or system. Religious good could be giving to feed the poor or
building homes for those who have none; teaching people about God; promoting
morality in a city or nation; or even teaching something biblical in church
(Romans 3:20; Galatians 3:20; Hebrews 6:1).
service must be founded on Godís Word, Godís power, and for Godís glory (1
Peter 4.10-11; John 15.5; Romans 8.8). Godís word gives us the right
attitude and motivation.
Father has designed an individual Christian service plan for each
believer. We can call the works fruit or good works, or even Godís good or
divine good (Ephesians 2.10; John 15.1-5; 1 Corinthians 12.4-7; James
2.22). Think of the Dead Sea. It has no outlet. As a result the materials
in the water accumulate and stagnate. It is called the Dead Sea.
believerís special area of production is based upon his spiritual gift (1
Peter 4.10-11; 1 Corinthians 12.4-7; Romans 12.1-8; Ephesians 4.11-12).
Believers ought to concentrate on what God has gifted them to do and serve
where God has put them.
participate with God in producing Godís good or fruit when Godís love is
working through them (1 Corinthians 13.1-7; John 13.8; 15.5).
for Godís good:
Father and His plan (Ephesians 2.10).
the Vine and Head of the church (John 13.1-11; 15.1-8).
Holy Spirit, who gifts and enables
(1 Corinthians 12.11; Galatians 5.16-6.1).
Word of God (John 17.17; 2 Timothy 3.16-17; Colossians 1.5-10).
believerís production will be evaluated at the judgment seat of Christ.
Only Godís good will pass the test and be rewarded (1 Corinthians 3.14-15;
4.5; 2 Corinthians 5.9-10).
Ephesians 2.10. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus
for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Corinthians 3.7-8. So then neither the one who plants nor the one
who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and
he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his
Corinthians 3.12-14. Now if any man builds upon the foundation with
gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each manís work will become
evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire;
and the fire itself will test the quality of each manís work. If any manís
work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward.