Today we will conclude a four-part series of Sermons with a biblical discussion on the final end-result of a fruitful harvest, an abundant mindset and spiritual maturity... the demonstration of good works! The righteous things we do… honor God, help us to develop the mind of Christ, and prepare us for an eternity of service. As John wrote in Revelation 22:12 quoting Christ… "And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.”
Our full-time occupation is to give God glory by how we live and as an example that others can observe. Do our lives show we are harvesting good fruits or bad? Do we demonstrate an abundance mind-set, or insufficiency? Do we stand out as a mature Christian and a shining example, or as an immature 21st Century Pharisee? In context, Christ is not simply talking about being an example to other believers… but “before men”… humanity. Today, I would like to explore the purpose and reason for good works. Good works don't earn salvation, but they reflect the natural result of a good harvest, abundant thinking and God's Spirit working in us.
Greg Thomas is the part-time Pastor of the Cleveland, Ohio congregation. Ordained in 1981, he has served in the ministry for over 35 years, and assumed the role of Pastor in January 2011. As a certified leadership consultant Greg is the founder and president of weLEAD, Inc. Chartered in 2001, weLEAD is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization and a major respected resource for free leadership development information reaching a worldwide audience. Greg also founded Leadership Excellence, Ltd in 2009 offering leadership training and coaching.