Faith & Works
Posted: Wednesday, November 19
Verse of the day:
Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works. (James 2:26)
Balance. So much of our Christian walk is wrapped up in this one word. When we begin to lean one way or another, we tend to get out of balance. When something is out of balance it is wobbly, not strong. If we are going to have a strong Christian walk, then we must be people of balance.
There is a balance between faith and works. We cannot do anything to earn or be worthy of the free gift of salvation. Salvation come to us through grace by faith. We have to accept salvation. It is not the result of our actions at all, but Jesus actions of dying on the cross in our place and his forgiveness of our sins. James is not dealing with salvation as he writes. He is talking about the change that happens in our life because of faith.
Abraham heard from God and believed. However, it was not just enough to believe if we wanted to take hold of all God had promised to him. He could have sat in Ur of the Chaldees and had a relationship with God. However, to have the Promised Land, to have is promised son, he had to get up and take action. Faith was the start, his good deeds followed. God credited it to him as righteousness. Righteousness is right living. It takes both faith and works to walk in righteousness.
If you want to just be saved, the all you have to do is believe. However, to take hold of the promises of God you must begin to implement the changes in your life that develop that change. God invites you to a journey with him. Start the day with faith believing that God has saved you and is inviting you to live in his promise. Discover what that promises is, by studying His Word, and begin to implement his suggestions to see change in your life. Faith and Works are both road markers to enjoy the full life that God has promised us.