I'm at home sick today... stomach... I'll spare you any specific details.
but i still can't not do work... dishes, laundry... why is that?
There's always a lot to do, i'm sure you'll agree.
when it gets neglected, well laundry turns into a mountain and dishes turn into a trip to wal-mart to get some paper plates.
there's always gonna be laundry.
there's always gonna be dishes.
There are different kinds of works...
1) Works of the flesh...
In Galatians 5: 19-21 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
2) Our own works...
II Timothy 1:8-9 8Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,
9who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,
3) Works of the law of Moses...
Galatians 2:16 16nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.
4) Works of Obedience...
Luke 6:46 Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?
***as an example based on neglect of obedience***
Acts 10: 34-35 34 Opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality,
35 but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.
***as an example based on the act of obedience***
our good works show many things.
they show our love for God.
They show our dedication to the life we've chosen.
They show how our idea of love has been made more perfect by understanding God's love for us
our good works should be from an earnest desire to do God's will... not for the praised of men or the adoration of society.
Our good works are a pattern that we follow from our example of Christ and one that we pass on to others.
we are told in Romans 12 to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service...
Reasonable is an interesting word in that passage... it makes sense that we do this!
its reasonable to do this, because it is not that hard. it may be hard to a certain degree... your friends may want you in their life more... but if that draws you away from God... its reasonable that by your actions you should prove who you love more.
if events get in your way... take the detour back to the straight and narrow.
if work gets in the way... you got the wrong job.
this is our reasonable service to God.
Romans 12: 9-end...
9Let love be without hypocrisy Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;
11not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
12rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,
13contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
16Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly Do not be wise in your own estimation.
17Never pay back evil for evil to anyone Respect what is right in the sight of all men.
18If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
19Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.
20"BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD."
21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.