Feb 4

Glorious Good Deeds

2009 at 7:35 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney

The good works that God has prepared for us are most often the ones closest to us. “God has created us to do our good works in the midst of the humdrum of daily living,” explains author Jerry Bridges.

Not glamorous, I know; but we’ll get to that.

6a00d8341c032a53ef010537090441970b-200wi Good works begin at home right outside our bedroom door. Paul says that young people should “first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God” (1 Timothy 5:4).

Doing good to our family is often harder than doing it for someone else. But it is a mark of sincere love for Christ. So how can you serve your Mom or Dad today? How can you do good to your siblings? No one else may see, but these deeds are pleasing to God.

The Bible also says that we are to “do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10). “We are called to follow Christ together…with some particular people” says Pastor Mark Dever. And these particular people make up the local church in which God has placed you.

The church where your family is involved is not just your parents’ church. God has called you there as well. He has good works lined up for you to do in that church. In fact, God has given you unique gifts and talents specifically for use in your church. Ask your mom, dad, and pastor how you can use those gifts to do good for those in your church.

Finally, the godly young woman is to reach out and do good to all people. First, you should look for ways to share the gospel with our local community. Participating in your church’s evangelistic efforts, bringing a friend to church, or caring for the poor are all deliberate deeds worthy of your devotion.

You can even do good to those around the globe by sponsoring a child, raising money for churches, praying for the persecuted church, or even going on a short term mission trip. Prayerfully consider, along with your parents, what good deeds God has called you to do for others.

Genuine good works don’t point to us. They are like big neon signs that point to Christ. “It is when people see these [good works]….they will glorify God, for they embody the good news of his love which we proclaim.” says John Stott. 

So get going already…and show off the love of Christ.

Feb 3

Deliberate Deeds

2009 at 2:41 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre

Stockxpertcom_id21843791_jpg_c70e5729b15f12798efd013dfe682fa2 The godly woman is to live a life “devoted to good works” (1 Tim. 5:9-10)—or, as Jerry Bridges calls them, “deliberate deeds that are helpful to others.” We must be dedicated to good works, beginning at home, and flowing outward into the church and community.

As a teenager you have the time, energy, and opportunity to give yourself to a wide variety of good works.

And what’s really neat is that God has lined up good works for us to do. It says in Ephesians 2:10. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (emphasis added).

Remember craft time in kindergarten? On the table in front of each chair were little baggies filled with construction paper shapes; glue and safety scissors and Popsicle sticks were all there too. The teacher had prepared the difficult part of the craft. All you had to do was glue it together.

Good works are kind of like kindergarten crafts. God has them already laid out for us. We just need to do them. Which leads us to the question: What are the good works we are supposed to do?

Think about the deliberate deeds you can do for others and we’ll give you some ideas tomorrow.

Feb 2

Three Plus Two More

2009 at 2:05 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre

So far we’ve given you three great deals for teenage girls:

1. The Fear of the Lord (part one and two)
2. Mom’s Godly Teaching (part one, two and three)
3. Homemaker Training (part one and two)

Contrast these with the typical teenage priorities:

1. Popularity
2. Independence
3. Selfish Pleasures

6a00d8341c032a53ef010536e489d6970c-200wi The girl who buys up Wisdom’s deals will gain life, happiness, and a bright future. But the girl who pursues the world’s bargains will, the Bible warns, only yield “calamity,” “anguish,” and “distress” (Prov. 1:20-33). Ouch!

In a season overstocked with opportunities, we want you to discern the differences between wise and foolish deals and make choices that will reap blessings for the rest of your life on into eternity.

We’ve got two more deals to tell you about this week. Of course there are many other important ones we don’t have time to cover in this mini series. We’re just trying to spotlight a few of the most important (and sometimes most neglected).

So come back tomorrow for two more life-bargains you’ll want to scoop up right away.