A while ago, I was on a bus and got into a conversation with the guy sitting next to me. We started talking about faith in God, and he got excited about visiting our church in order “to share some knowledge” with us. As he got up to leave at his stop, the bus driver had some sharp words with him. Apparently, this man had a habit of trying to cheat the bus system so he could ride for free. So much for his “knowledge”! The bus driver ended their conversation by saying, “You will never ride on my bus again.” From our brief conversation, I don’t believe this man knew Jesus, but he brought to my mind the importance of demonstrating and living our faith before others. Doing good works will never “pay” for our sins or get us into heaven. But, doing good works is a powerful witness to what is already in our hearts. The Bible never pits good works against faith, but it blends the two in perfect harmony…as both are essential for the Christian. In my devotions, I am going slowly through the Book of 1 Peter. The Apostle Peter said, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (1 Peter 2:12). He went on to say, “For, whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it” (3:10-11). The genuineness of our faith is revealed to a watching world by what we do and do not do. May they see Jesus in us!
Pastor Mark Boucher