Yet another admission; It’s been a long time since I picked up my Bible and seriously read it. When I have, I’ve tended to stay around the gospels because it’s easy to waste time arguing over Paul’s theology, but the words of Jesus… that’s where I’m at… man.This struck me this morning, from Matthew 5 (Sorry about the KJV, I don’t have to © attribute it!):-
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
This is Jesus saying that we are to be doing good works, and visibly. Somehow, I don’t think filling a pew on a Sunday quite meets the requirements. To me, this ties in with “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, that you have love one for another” and “Love your neighbour as yourself”.
This is what was on Jesus’ heart – love. I would interpret this to mean that I should be doing good works, out of love, not to impress others.Then this arrow pierces my heart. What visible “good works” have I done? Am I doing? Can I do? There is more to think about, and critically, something to do.