In about one week’s time, I will get to spend two weeks away from my family in the western part of Singapore as I go through one of my final few reservist trainings. In the army, I am a Combat Medic. My role is not to jump out of planes or build bridges or even fight the enemy. No, my role is to save lives; and I will indicate my role by proudly wearing my medic armband on my sleeve, which is in the shape of a red cross. In wartime, I will treat the wounded. In peacetime, I will train others to do ‘buddy-aid’ (immediate interventions for simple wounds). Most of the time, my fellow NSMen will seek me out at the medical centre to arrange an appointment with the medical officer. Every now and then, I will get woken up in the middle of the night to either prescribe simple medication or even send someone to the hospital.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to be somewhat like a medic. Our role is to ‘win’ lives for Christ. There have been times when I’ve had to counsel someone who has been hurt. There have also been times when I teach and encourage other Christians to demonstrate Christ-likeness in their lives. Much ministering is done on Sundays when people gather in church. Occasionally I might receive a phone-call from someone who might be in need of a listening ear or urgent prayer. Whatever the scenario, I am to bear the mark of Jesus Christ as I minister to those who are spiritually wounded and sick; I am to demonstrate Christ-likeness and show Christ’s love in my speech and actions.
How can we then bear the mark of Jesus Christ in our lives? Our recent bible study and sermon series on Titus constantly highlights the need for Christians to be doing what is good.
Titus 2:7 – “In everything set them an example by doing what is good…”
Titus 2:14 – “[Christ] gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”
Titus 3:1 – “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good.”
Titus 3:8 – “…I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good…”
Titus 3:14 – “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.”
How then can we as God’s people be doing what is good? What would be considered as ‘good works’? Is it merely good deeds or is there something more to doing what is good?
Colossians 1:9-10 reminds us that we need to “continually ask God to fill us with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that we may live lives worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…”
What constitutes as ‘good works’? Any loving act of a Christian that is rooted in Christ, helps to point others to Christ and is pleasing to God is constituted as ‘good work’ in God’s sight. ‘Good works’ is not merely ‘good deeds’. No, it involves every aspect of our life, from the way we think, to the way we conduct ourselves. It involves, as we’ve learnt in Titus, godly living.
How we respond in a Christ-like manner to those around us – that is part and parcel of godly living; that is how we exemplify ‘good works’. May God help us to please him in every way by bearing fruit in every good work we do.