6. Financing Good Deeds

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6. Financing Good Deeds


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In Your Bible Read This Out Loud Titus 2:11-14 

Memorise This Verse Hebrews 10:24 ‘Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds’.   

Afterwards Talk About This As individuals, what do you believe the good works are that God has prepared in advance for you to do (Ephesians 2:10) 

Something To Do Before Next Time In prayer, ask God to reveal the good works that he has prepared for you. 

Written Diploma Work Write one side on why the body of Christ should be financing good deeds. 

Meditate Word By Word On This Verse Ephesians 2:10

 

We saw in the previous section that when someone becomes a Christian they enter the Kingdom of God and gain access to the privileges that are the right of every Christian. Having established that God prospers us to meet our needs (not our greeds), it would appear that there is a second reason that God wants to prosper us namely, that we will have extra money to invest in the good deeds of his Kingdom. When someone becomes a Christian, Holy Spirit will come and live within them and guide them as the below scriptures show. 

John 14:17 ‘But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you’

1 Corinthians 6:19 ‘Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you’

Romans 8:11 ‘He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit, who lives in you’

As a result of the indwelling of Holy Spirit, when someone becomes a Christian their nature is transformed into the divine nature of Christ as Holy Spirit will constantly direct a person to act in a Christ like manner. For example, speaking of Holy Spirit, Jesus himself said in John 16:15 ‘The spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you’. The main characteristic of this divine nature that Holy Spirit will inspire a believer towards is love, as ultimately God is love (1 John 4:8). This truth of the divine love nature being given to us by Holy Spirit is spoken of in Romans 5:5 

‘God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us’   

So what difference does this divine love nature make? how will a Christian who can now live their lives with a divine love act differently from a non-Christian who is limited to living at best with a fallen, corrupted human type of love? An attribute of true divine love is that it will always be accompanied with, and expressed by, good deeds which are performed to glorify God and attract others to him. In the same way that when a good seed is planted in soil it will produce fruit, when the love of God is planted in someone’s heart it will always produce good deeds. In fact, as you scan the scriptures regarding good deeds you can discover that not only love, but faith and wisdom will also cause a Christian to perform good deeds. 

Hebrews 10: 24 ‘Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds

2 Thess 1:11 ‘By his power he may fulfil every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith’

James 3:13 ‘Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom 

There surely will be a longing in every Christian to satisfy this God given desire to live and act and perform deeds and expressions of love to glorify God and attract others to him. Not just individually, but as corporately we finance and perform good deeds we can accomplish much more together than if we all worked and served on our own. We will find our true nature and our God given identities as we perform personal acts and good deeds and invest our money into corporate outreaches that demonstrate the love of God. Titus 2:14 is a brilliant picture of this which shows that Jesus has redeemed for the Father a new race of people who used to be eager to be sinful and wicked, but are now eager to do good works. 

‘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.’ 

So, since every Christian has been given a nature that is eager and desires to do good deeds and works, God will also provide an outlet and means to express this desire. In fact, God has been so meticulous in his planning of the good works that each of his children should walk in, that before he created us in our mother’s womb, and in fact before he created the world, he planned and formulated them. Since God has gone to such lengths to prepare these good works surely it is the obligation to find out what they are, to perform them and also to finance them and invest their money into them. The below scripture from Ephesians 2:10 shows both the mystery of God who knew us and planned our lives before we were born and his calling for his children to perform good deeds. 

‘For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do’. 

Finally, having argued previously that God puts money in our hands to meet our needs and not our greeds, he will also put money into our hands to fund the good works that he desires us to undertake. The below scripture is taken from the greatest discourse on money in the whole bible it shows the desire of God to prosper us that we might finance these good works. We can conclude then that the same God who put his spirit in us, gave his nature to us, gave us a desire to do good works, planned these good works before the creation of the world, will also release finances to us to fund these good works. 

2 Corinthians 9:8 ‘And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work’. 

 

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