The Role of Good Works In Christian Life

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

The role of good works in our Christian life can sometimes feel confusing. On one hand, Ephesians 2:10 tells us we are created "unto good works." This implies good works are important! Yet, we also know salvation comes through faith in Christ alone. So, where do good works fit in?

Ellen G. White clarifies, “Let no one take the limited, narrow position that any of the works of man can help in the least possible way to liquidate the debt of his transgression. This is a fatal deception. If you would understand it, you must ... with humble hearts survey the atonement. This matter is so dimly comprehended that thousands upon thousands claiming to be sons of God are children of the wicked one, because they will depend on their own works. God always demanded good works, the law demands it, but because man placed himself in sin where his good works were valueless, Jesus’ righteousness alone can avail.” SDA Bible Commentary 6:1071.

We are saved by grace alone, through Christ's sacrifice. Our good works can never "earn" our salvation or erase our past sins. However, true faith is a living faith. When we accept Christ, our hearts are transformed. A desire to live a life pleasing to God and to help others naturally follows. Our good works become the outward expression of the inward change that has taken place. How can we identify genuine faith in someone? It's through their good works. Good works serve as clear evidence of genuine faith.
Think about a fruit tree. The tree doesn't produce fruit to earn its place in the orchard. It produces fruit because it's a healthy tree! Good works are the fruit of a life transformed by Christ's love.

Reflection Question:
Think about a time you felt compelled to do something good for someone else. What motivated you? How did it make you feel?


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Comments: 10
  • #1

    Didienne (Thursday, 25 April 2024 21:21)

    Very interesting continue the good message

  • #2

    Mathew Simiyu (Thursday, 25 April 2024 21:29)

    Being a healthy Christian, I will bring forth fruits(good works) a result of what and who I am

  • #3

    Alyssa (Thursday, 25 April 2024 21:33)

    Thank you so much

  • #4

    Yunia (Thursday, 25 April 2024 21:44)

    I want to learn with u

  • #5

    Ruth Laza... (Thursday, 25 April 2024 22:40)

    It's simply the fruits of Haman be ..and that is what exactly we made and meant really for...

  • #6

    Tendai Gwewo (Thursday, 25 April 2024 23:10)

    Amen and amen

  • #7

    Ann Kemunto (Thursday, 25 April 2024 23:31)

    Our good works becomes the outward expression of our inward change#True genuine faith.Amen.

  • #8

    Lackson (Friday, 26 April 2024)


  • #9

    Lengene (Friday, 26 April 2024 01:17)

    Ephesians 2:8
    For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

    Ephesians 2:9
    Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    Ephesians 2:10
    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

    We as christian
    We need to abide always in Jesus...what he did before as we walk with Him....

  • #10

    Sindisiwe Nxumalo (Friday, 26 April 2024 03:13)

    So help me God