ramblings from the noisedoctor

March 24, 2007

why do we perform good deeds?

Filed under: Bible study, Christianity — noisedoctor @ 8:46 am

If you are a Christian, then you should have a desire to good deeds. But why is that? Or, I guess what I’m asking is what is the motivation there?

Do we want to “pay back” God for our salvation? Do we truly desire to be more righteous? Do we want to glorify God? Or, do we think that we can “win souls” to Christ?

I’ve heard lots of people through the years say that they’re trying to “win souls” to Christ. They want to exhibit “Christ-like” behavior in order to make an impression on people so they’ll be open to accepting Christ. I don’t subscribe to that philosophy.

Well, this all came to mind this morning as I was reading in Matthew:

[Jesus said] “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Matt 5:14-16 (NIV)

This is from the so-called Sermon on the Mount, right after the Beatitudes. Why does Jesus ask us to perform “good deeds?” Yeah, so that people “praise your Father in heaven.” Not so that souls are won. Not so that you feel good about yourself. So that God the Father is glorified.



  1. first off, nice image header. i like the sunflower. now on to the real commenting.

    i can’t disagree with what you have said, but i guess i read your question originally from a human angle. i was say that i don’t attempt to do good deeds, but they are a natural outgrowth of my relationship with Christ. Christ has so changed my vantage point and priorities, that i naturally reach out to serve when i see an opportunity.

    don’t get me wrong, i’m not perfect. there’s still a fight that goes on inside me at times that prevents from serving others at times, but much of the time i do good deeds without realizing they’re good deeds. Christ directs me to do certain things and i do them without thinking. i just follow His will.

    just some thoughts to stir into the pot.

    God bless.

    Comment by John — March 24, 2007 @ 10:22 am

  2. That is excellent. It clears up some things in my mind.


    Comment by Bill — March 24, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

  3. John,

    Thanks for the the comments there. Definitely thought-worthy. Yes, I definitely hope that my good deeds become second nature as God transforms me into being more righteous.

    Comment by noisedoctor — March 24, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

  4. Hey, Google Analytics finally stopped messing with your blog!!

    Obviously, we can’t “pay back” God for His gifts, and we border on insulting Him when we try. I think Tim Challies said it well:

    … God’s satisfaction is not in our attempts to repay Him, but in seeing our heartfelt delight as we rejoice in His free gift.

    That rejoicing should lead to (include?) good deeds. Christ said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” He didn’t say, “To show that you love Me…”

    Comment by Brendt — March 31, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

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