I heard someone say on the radio, “God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.” At first, it struck me as off, then I thought about those words more, and found that they were true. God does not need our good works, but He does command them and use them to be a blessing. God asks us to be the light as He is the Light. He asks us to be kind, to be generous, to help others, and to love. Our good works are to show the love of Jesus Christ to others. Our good works toward our neighbors are to honor and glorify the Lord.
Matthew 22:36-40“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the great and first commandment.And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
On these two things, loving the Lord and loving our neighbor, hangs the balance of all of the law. If we are to love like Christ, then we are to love Him and our neighbor. We are to love our neighbor who is sick, love our neighbor who is hurting, love our neighbor who is poor, love our neighbor who is different…simply put, LOVE EVERYONE. Your neighbor needs your good works, they need your patience, your kindness, and your generosity.
Remember as you go about your week that there are two commandments which Jesus Himself gives that are the most important, because in them, everything else will align. Love God. Love people.