Praising the name of God through Work
Good works! I enjoyed the Strongs definition of good meaning, the outward signs of the inward good. God has called us to good works prepared before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 2:10).
What does that mean for us?
It means there is work to be done whilst we walk this earth. Therefore we need to ask the questions what does this type of work actually entail, and/or what does that look like in everyday life? This is the stuff of life which will define you as a believer in Christ. Jesus said, “by this they will know you are my disciples if you have love for one another.” (John13.35) These are your identification marks. Strongs defines work as labor, action, or deed.
So what does God want?
He wants us to take care of our neighbor, and however this needs doing to do so. This is the giving to those who ask, loving our enemies, and offering encouragement and exhortation to every soul we meet. These are the tokens which identify us a believers. In short this is love. Practically this can be outworked in many different ways; and it only takes a little bit of creativity to come up with an idea to help or give to another. 1 Corinthians 13 describes love as, selfless, long-suffering, patient, kind, not boastful, not envious, not rejoicing at wrongdoings, but rejoicing at truth, love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
Love is the outworking of an inward calling and belief. We cannot separate the two. These are reactions to the inward workings of the Holy Spirit which we all carry since the point of our conversion.