SPF 245: Three Things Robbing your Joy in Doing Good Works

The Lord has called us to do good works and they are for our joy. Our good works glorify God and are a gift for us that bring us joy, purpose, challenge, opportunity, and build character. But what happens when we are not joyful in our good works? Today I’m sharing three things that rob us of our joy in doing good things.

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Good Works

The thing about good works is they should be a source of joy for us and not of burden. They should be a place where we are satisfied, even if we are also tired, worn out and even a bit dazed at the end or beginning of the day if you have a nursing child. Good works are not here to take away our joy, but to be a source of them because they are a gift of God to us.

Good works glorify God and are a gift for us to do from God that bring us joy, challenge, opportunity, make us fruitful, productive, build character. Some good works are more pleasant or exciting or we enjoy more (like the good work of making and eating dessert in our house), and some are a bit painful or arduous or mundane and ordinary (like wiping counters. my least favorite good work. The one I have to watch my attitude about).

But sometimes they are not joyful to us.

Three Robbers of Joy

  1. Your good works are your hope in pleasing God.

  2. You’re believing Satan’s lies that you’re a failure that can’t keep up, leading to despair

  3. Your attitude is poor and thinking certain good works are just in the way or you hate doing them.

Remember the purpose of good works – not to earn your righteousness. Doesn’t that take the pressure off to enjoy?? Like the difference between throwing a big party and attending one?

We get to enjoy the good works because Christ has satisfied the wrath of God with His good works – something that we could never do!

If you feel despair, go to the Word or pray. Remember who you are and who God is. The truth will set you free. There is no condemnation in Christ.

And check your attitude. Are you honoring the Lord with your thoughts? Are you mad about doing a good work you know you should be doing? Draw near to God and repent. and ask for a clean happy heart. and the perseverance to get ‘er done.


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