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Good works work in every site around the world. It acts beyond colors, religion, and borders. Its faces such as giving, teaching, guiding, loving, strengthening, and the like dominate even in the remote areas in every community. God designed good works in advance for every Christian as the evidence of the saving faith they have as they are God’s handiwork created in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:10). The usefulness of all God-breathed Scripture is to equip completely the servant of God for every good works (2 Timothy 16-17).
What we sow we reap whether good or evil (Galatians 6:7-8). Christians should never be tired or weary of doing what is good (2 Thessalonians 3:13). Why believers should be tireless in doing good works? Because they will reap a harvest at the proper time if they do not give up (Galatians 6:9). They will receive the fruits of their labor and endeavor. They will obtain the reward for their good works rendered to others. Good works are like seeds needed to be sown to generate a bountiful yield. But not all seeds sown produce the desired fruits or yield. Some seeds or plants perish or wither without yielding fruits to the sower. Let us learn how we can reap the fruits of good works.
How to reap the fruits of good works?
1. The seeds must be sown in a good soil
In the parable of the sower, some seeds fell along the path and the bird ate it up, some fell on the rocky ground which sprang it quickly and the heat of the sun beat the shallow roots of the plant, and some fell among thorns and it chokes the plant which gives no returns to the sower. But some seeds fall on the good soil which generates an abundant harvest to the sower. Good works as a seed must also be sown in good soil to have a plentiful harvest. Good soil is vital in the nutrition of a plant to live. It is the best object for the seeds to be sown to live and bear fruits. Good works must also have an object to be sown to produce a fruitful harvest. It needs good soil to deliver an abundant reward.
What does good soil represent?
The good soil represents the needy. It is the best object of good works to be sown to have a great harvest or reward. Good works must fall on needy soil as a help to have a yield. Christians must do good works to help the people in need (1 Timothy 6:18), just like the Good Samaritan did to the dying man (Luke 10:33-35). The scope of good works must be to all people whether believers or not (Galatians 6:10). God gives his Son to save the world because the world needs deliverance from the rule of Satan and sin and the penalty of sin. It is the greatest good work in the history of the world fueled by God’s love for us (John 3:16). Believers’ good works must penetrate to all people even to our enemies (Luke 6:27-36)( Romans 12:17-21) just like God’s good works encompasses all people whether good or bad (Matthew 5:45). The Lord promised a generous reward to those who give or help as he measured the measure they used (Luke 6:38). He also promises a reward to those who do good works to his servants or disciples for they will receive the same reward the servant receives (Matthew 10:40-42). Do all our good works fall on the needy ones?
2. The seeds must be watered to sprang and grow
After sowing, watering is needed. Water is significant for the life and survival of all plants. Water is also crucial for the passage of nutrients and sugars from the soil to the plants. It is important for crop production. It is required for the germination of seeds and serves as a carrier in the distribution of mineral nutrients and plant food. Without water, the seeds or plants will not live or survive. Water will help sustain the life of a plant until the harvest. Good works also need water to live and grow to generate a favorable harvest.
What does water represent?
Water represents the right motives. Not all who do good works receive a reward from God. Wrong motives render good works to be vain work. Hypocrites do good works for a show to gain praise from the people (Matthew 6:1-4). They want to display to the people that they are good and win their hearts. Since God is omniscient and looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7), he knows every motive in every good works. Good works with the right motives will provide ample returns or rewards. It must be sincere, heartily, or cheerfully for God loves those who did it (2 Corinthians 9:7). Good works should not play a favorite for favoritism is a sin (James 2:9). It must come from love and compassion to fulfill the second greatest commandment of God to love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27). Do all our good works has the right motives?
3. The plant must be exposed to sunlight to be healthy and bear fruits
Sunlight is also vital for the growth of a plant. It is the main energy source for all plants. Through a process called photosynthesis, plants consume or absorb energy from the sun, which fuels the processes essential for survival. A plant’s leaves act as “solar panels,” catching the light as efficiently as possible to help the plant grow. Without the sun, plants can't get the food they need to grow, multiply and survive. They utilize energy from the sun, water, and vapors from the air to develop glucose. Good works also need sunlight to survive and yield abundant fruits or rewards.
What does sunlight represent?
Sunlight represents God's glorification. Who deserves the glory(Psalm 115:1)? Who deserves the credit for every good work we do? Most good works failed to bear fruits or survive because it is not done for the glory of God. Rewards will not be earned due to the credit consumed by the heart than offered to God. Pride will devour the credit which belongs to God. Christians should do everything for the glory of God whether they eat or drink or whatever they do (1 Corinthians 10:31). To give glory to God must be the driving force of all believers of God because they have been created for God’s glory (Isaiah 43:7). Do all our good works glorify God?
4. Wait for the time of the harvest
The Bible tells us that we should not be weary in doing what is good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9). It needs patience as a farmer waits for the valuable yields (James 5:7). Waiting is believing for God to fulfill his promise. We have to wait for the right time for the reward to be given by God for our good works. Good works bring temporal rewards such as material, financial, mental, and emotional blessings. Good works will also bring spiritual and eternal reward for it is a deposit of heavenly treasures (Matthew 6:19-21). Do we wait patiently for the time of the harvest?
God is the God of good works. As God designed good works as the works of the saved and those who belong to him, he expects everyone should do it to receive the inheritance, the kingdom (Matthew 25:31-46). God is not unjust; he will never forget the love, the help, and good works of all his sons for his glory (Hebrew 6:10). They will surely receive the abundant reward promised by God. We will continue to do good works to reap the plentiful fruits in time of the harvest.
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