Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Fruitful in Every Good Work (Colossians 1:10)

Our lifestyle is to be full of all kinds of excellent deeds and activities. We cannot do this on our own. Only Jesus can make us fruitful workers (John 15:4-5). Just as a vine dresser removes dead branches so a vine will produce more fruit, God removes bad works and attitudes from our lives so we will produce more good works (John 15:2). The best effect of our good works is that God is glorified through them (John 15:8).

Some examples of fruitful good works are evangelism (1 Corinthians 16:15); praise to God (Hebrews 13:15); giving to the poor (Romans 15:26-28); a righteous and virtuous lifestyle that is acceptable to God (Hebrews 12:11); love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

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