In a study by David Jeremiah, he wrote about the “Misapplication of good works,” something that had caught my eye in Titus 3:8. The verse ends telling us we “should be careful to maintain good works.”

My Bible notes defined good works as “Our authentic response to God’s grace revealed in Jesus.” I couldn’t get the thought out of my head, and began to pick apart the words.

Our,” or me, my response.

Authentic,” genuine, the demise of ego led behavior, unhindered expression of the soul, baring ones shortcomings despite consequences, not trapped by others expectations. Wow! Much to contemplate.

Response,” our answer, A spoken reply, what we do with information, knowledge or a revelation. Lord forgive me the times I’ve put things off, hoped someone else would get the message or just ignored Your call.

God’s grace,” The enabling manifestation of His power and favor. Lord, I know You would strengthen me to act upon what I should do, and Your unearned, undeserved blessing would follow, why do I hesitate or doubt?”

Revealed in Jesus,” His character, obedience, sacrifice, selflessness, servant hood, unconditional love, all demonstrated by our Savior. Thank you for coming to save us and restore us by Your Holy Spirit, Lord. Apart from You I could do nothing, Please help me, teach me to put aside my agenda and walk in love.

A trip through the Scriptures revealed a lot about “good works.” We are called to be ready for, be a pattern of in doctrine and integrity, maintain to be fruitful, be zealous for and more. And God has promised unbelievers will observe them and glorify God, use them to silence the ignorant and foolish, make us complete in to do His will, and that it pleases Him.

We are told to repent of “dead works,” things done in our own strength, not productive or not your assignment, that His blood cleanses us from dead works to serve living God. That they, can deny Him, be an abomination to Him.

A teacher’s wise word has stuck with me since salvation: God’s callings are His enabling s. The word of God equips us to act upon His grace. Our response authenticates our faith as we take part in our opportunity to emulate Jesus

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will guide you with my eye.” Psalm 32:8

“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you began to change, grow, and transform.”  Roy T. Bennett