Works: A Result, Not A Reason


He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. (Romans 2:6-8)


In this part of Paul's letter to the people of Rome, he shared that God's judgment of us will be based on the things that we have done on our stay here on earth.

Paul mentioned that eternal life will be rewarded to those people who seek for glory, honor, and immortality, those that are from God, by patient continuance in doing good.

When Paul wrote "doing good", he is referring to an action which would remind us that being a Christian does not stop with knowing what is good. We have to live a good life by "doing good".

We also have to pay attention to what Paul said, "patient continuance". This could give us an impression that we have to do good not just for quite some time, but in a longer span which probably we could all agree, until Jesus comes again. This could also hint us that there will be difficulties given that it requires patience.

However, we must not be weary of this. Instead, we look forward to what Paul said would be our reward: eternal life.