Romans 3:10 (NKJV)
10 As it is written:
“There is none righteous, no, not one;
In chapter 4 of Romans the Bible goes on to explain that it is Faith, and not the Law that gives us righteousness before the Lord. Those who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are accounted righteousness based on their faith. Abraham’s faith in the Lord was so great that he was willing to end the life of his only son as proof of his willingness to obey the will of God in his life (Genesis 22). At the end of Romans Chapter 4, the Word goes on to say:
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, (Abraham)24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.
The Bible is very clear that it is through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross and our faith in Him that we are saved. We are not saved by works. This article does a good job of explaining how we are to be careful of our attitudes when we do good works. We should approach all our works as a humble servant doing his or her duty without expecting anything in return. Not accolades, nor recognition , nor payment in any form. Our actions should come from a place of love, as a child will lovingly serve his father so must we serve our God in Heaven. Not as a payment for our salvation, but as a love offering, to show our gratitude for our blessings.
This is not often easy to do. The world likes to harp on the saying that there is no thing as a true selfless act. This is a lie from the pit of Hell. If this were true then no soldier would give up his life to save his brothers on the battlefield. No one wants to die being a hero but countless times in history we read of people throwing themselves on a grenade or rushing a machine gun nest in order to save their squad mates in war. The motivations for these types of actions are not calculated and the decisions made are often made in a split second. They are motivated by love. This is what should always be our motivation when we do good. If we find ourselves making the error of thinking of our rewards for our good deeds then we should automatically repent and ask the Lord for forgiveness.
I pray, Heavenly Father, that I am constantly motivated to serve You in all my ways. I pray that I can recognize when I am sinning by being prideful of my service and that this recognition leads me to repentance. I ask that you continue to allow me to be a blessing to the body of Christ through my service and that You continue to bless me with Your presence in my life. I thank You, Lord for all that you have done and will continue to do for me, for my family and for my friends. I pray that You fortify and enlighten, Heavenly Father, my brothers and sisters in Christ so that they to can serve you from a position of love and not of pride in good works. May our faith in You continue to multiply daily and may our faith continue to be counted as righteousness in Your eyes. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.