Week beginning: 28th August, 2016
By Graham Whitworth | Sunbury-on-Thames
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching."Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV UK)
Testing the quality of what we do
Love and good deeds are evidence of saving faith. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other (1 John 3:14). Faith without works is dead (James 2:26). God, who saves us entirely by grace, has prepared good works for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).
Such evidence becomes more apparent as believers meet together and encourage one another to manifest it.
Why should we do this? The writer to the Hebrews reminds us that there is a Day approaching on which our deeds, particularly our treatment of other Christians, will be how Jesus as God's appointed Judge explains His decision about our eternal destiny (Matthew 25:34-40). Despite that, our salvation does not depend on anything we do, and is therefore assured. Yet, even if we are saved, the quality of our work will be tested (1 Corinthians 3:13) to determine whether we will receive a reward in the life to come or be saved "as one escaping through the flames" (v15).
How can we do it? Opportunities for mutual encouragement as Christian lawyers include LCF local practitioners' and student groups, regional events and the forthcoming National Conference. More generally, belonging to a Bible-based local church enables each of us to be "spurred on" by other believers. During this holiday period we may also attend camps and conferences.
Make the most of every such opportunity. It's not just about your own Christian life – you get to encourage others to be fruitful as well!