In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 ESV)
With almost everything in life, there needs to exist a healthy balance. You can work out all you want, for instance, but if you don’t balance that effort with a healthy diet it won’t do you much good. You can work all the hours in a day to buy anything you want but, if you don’t create balance with time off, you can’t actually enjoy your toys! Churches can fall into this trap, too. They may focus on only a few doctrines, and forget to teach the many others that are profitable to a Christian’s walk.
One such doctrine is that of “good works”. There are many churches that do great community work. They feed the homeless, provide clothing to those in need, or even offer rehabilitation programs. The sad truth, however, is that some still never share the gospel with those they are helping. At the same time, there are other churches that focus solely on evangelism. They will go door to door, stand on the street corners or outside sporting events yelling into a megaphone, but they won’t give the homeless guy standing right beside them a dime.
Jesus told us we need to have a balance with our good works and evangelism; that they go hand in hand. As we help those around us, do they know that we are showing them mercy and grace because of what Jesus did for us on the cross? When we are sharing the gospel, are we doing so with a posture of humility and service to others?
Consider today how you approach those around you. Do your actions consist of words, works, or a healthy dose of both?