Hi, thanks for
Firstly, I am glad to read you are a new Christian. You have made the most
important decision a person can ever make! As to your question... it is true
that none of our good works can in the least bit add anything to our salvation.
(Eph 2.8, Rom 3:) It is also true that now that you have become a Christian, the
same Bible encourages you to engage in good works. Have a read of the book of
Titus and notice how many times the term 'good works' or 'good deeds' are used.
Paul encourages these believers to be 'zealous' for good works!
Obviously, now that you are a Christian, you are the salt and light of the world
as Jesus said. That is, you are a living testimony to the fact that Jesus is
raised from the dead and is alive in you! So yes, it is important to live your
life in a way that shines as greatly as possible the fact that Jesus is alive
and has changed your life. For some people, who don't ever get to read about
Jesus, the only testimony that they may ever see if how He has affected your
life! So yes, being a 'good' person is important as it benefits others around
you and testifies to the goodness of God.
Now having shown that it is important to life a holy life and shine for the
Lord, you also need to know about the one who lives within you. You see, when
you became a Christian, you were given the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit
cannot be anything BUT good! Being God, that is His very nature! Now that is
fantastic news because it makes Christianity more that just a 'religion' where
the followers have to try in their own strength to 'be good'! What it means is
that the real goal for the Christian is to be open and available to the Lord,
and to walk in close fellowship with Him. Keep thanking Him for what He has done
and who He is. Keep asking Him to teach you and be open to obey in faith, what
He shows you.
Believe me, that as you do this, the question of 'do I have to try to be good',
doesn't become very relevant anymore. You see, you will be giving the Holy
Spirit access to your life... to live through you... and He cannot be anything
BUT good! Your life will change, and people will see the change. But the source
of that change will be God! And the glory will go to the one who alone deserves
the glory... GOD!
Hope this helps,
All the best