As I read the scriptures in
1 Peter 2:13-17 quoted below, verse 15 caught my attention. In order to see the context we must also read:
As a Christian, our works for God are the fruit that defines what kind of Christian we are. If we work to enlist souls into the Army of God, and do other good works, (not prideful, glory seeking works) but works from a sincere broken heart for the souls of man, (when we are called home to our reward,) we will “glorify God in the day of visitation.”
We as saved born again Christians, and as servants of God are what constitutes the root of this Church (with Jesus the Christ as our Head.) The strength of this Church is derived from the strength of its works.
We cannot be more concerned in feeding families physical food than we are about where their soul may reside on that “…day of visitation.” If we present the Gospel as we give physical nourishment to families, we are also giving the nourishment of “God[‘s]…living water.”
So the question is, what kind of works are you doing for God? God clearly defines that His Works are to be done by Christians. Without Jesus the Christ as your personal Saviour, you are not a Christian. Consequently, that “day of visitation” will be clearly different for you. As a Christian, you will stand before Jesus and He will judge your works, but those who have not accepted Jesus will stand before God, and He will judge you for your sins.
There is an old saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” In terms of our scripture, you cannot accept God and refuse Jesus. You cannot do “good works” for entry into Heaven without the Lord and Saviour Jesus the Christ.
Are you a repented born again Christian, or a “I hope I will make it to Heaven” type person? “Hope” will not get you to Heaven. Only Jesus our Lord can get you there. Accept Jesus and be freed from the chains of sin that bind you and keep you out of Church. Accept Jesus with a true, sincere heart, ask Him to forgive you, and from deep within your heart, ask God to help you repent of all your sins.
Bro John R. E Chastain