“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45
We can tell someone who is not selfish, because they share what they have freely without complaining or wanting it back. It is not a quality that is encouraged in our society. Everyone is out for their own career, their own home, social standing, and so on. The idea that someone would let another person take the advantage, is considered a bit “odd.”
To lack ambition in this world, is not considered a good quality. The idea of giving things away, goes alongside weakness and even ill health.
If good deeds and words come out of a person, then they show what that person is like on the inside. These qualities are part of their character and have been learned and practiced for long years. The motivation comes from their hearts- hearts that have been changed and made good by God. This kind of desire for the good of others, does not come from ourselves. It is a gift and a strength from the One who is all good and all holy.
The evil that comes out of a person, is their own hardness and unrighteousness that comes from a heart, dead in the moral disease of sin, and so produces the outworking of that sin in their lives. It requires no effort from them, and is the natural state of all of us.
The words we say reflect our mindset and show if we trust in God or not. Our words show how much faith we have and what we are building our lives upon. What we say is so important, as it is the outward witness of the condition of our hearts.
To be a righteous person is not our normal state of being. To produce good works and lasting deeds, we have to be fundamentally changed on the inside. The good we do must be from a pure heart, or it will not last.
We can try to cover up our motivations and attitude in the eyes of other people, but not to God. He knows everything and will test our work to see if it is true or not.
“the workmanship of each person will become evident, for the day of judgment will show what it is, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s action.”
1 Corinthians 3:13
Ultimately, our words and deeds will be searched by the fire of God’s holiness and the perfect Word of God. If we seek God now and follow Him with a true and renewed heart, our work will stand.
The truth is, our good works are not our own, for every renewed person was bought with a great price, and our righteousness had been given to us by God. There is no room for boasting- only joy and thankfulness in the Holy Spirit.