For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Sometimes we get the cart before the horse. Good works is one such instance. All the good works in the world will not bring us one step closer to God. They will not get us into heaven. No, without belief and faith in Jesus all our good works are like filthy rags, worthless. Our good deeds might make us feel good about ourselves but they will not save us. People might heap praise upon praise on us for the good we do but that will not save us. Only Christ will save us. So are good works useless? Of course not, they are what we have been saved to do.
Before we were saved, before we were even born, God had things planned for us to do. After we are saved we don’t get to sit around basking in our salvation, we have work to do. We are saved to do God’s will, to do the work he has planned for us. What we need to do is find out what God has planned for each of us. We each have gifts that we receive at the moment we are saved. We need to discover these gifts and put them to work for God’s glory.
You can have good works after your salvation or not but you will not be one bit more or less saved either way. God’s gift of salvation is free, no strings attached and it is an eternal promise. However, once we are saved we will want to work for Christ. We will want to spread the Good News. Good works are an out pouring of salvation. We have been infused with a spring of living water and if we let it, it will gush forth to water the world.
Have a blessed day,