There is something remarkable in the confidence of this passage. The gospel is true, so speak confidently of it (v.8). But the reason we can speak confidently is most compelling. We know from other passages we are called by God to make disciples in His image. But here, we are told to share the gospel to spur good deeds. And these deeds are not only in honor of God’s truth, but because they are “good and profitable for people” (v.8). We are told to follow God because He said so, but also because it is good for us. While we may not always understand God’s work in our world, we can be confident that what He calls us to is ultimately in our best interest, whether in the here and now or the hereafter.'