As you will hopefully know by now I preach that we are blessed as a gift of grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus.
Quite often as I preach and teach this truth I am asked the same question, “But surely we must have to do something?”
People ask this as in every other walk of life we are rewarded due to our performance.
This is not the case in the Christian life; we are rewarded due to the performance of Jesus.
And a similar question was asked of Jesus.
“What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” was the question we see in the Gospel of John.
Jesus did not say pray, help the poor or go to church; He said have faith and believe on Him (I paraphrase the actual words of Jesus) (John 6 v 29).
The Lord does not want our works, He wants our faith and belief.
Out of faith and belief ‘good works’ should flow, but these will be works of love and gratitude instead of works of self-righteousness.
I agree that there should be good works in our lives, but these come as a fruit and not as a root of our relationship with the Lord.
God loves us no matter what, His love is not dependent upon how good we are.
Were you good and full of good works before you became saved?
Of course not!
Works, in the sense of doing things to be loved and blessed by God is not required, just as they were not required for your initial salvation; He requires your faith and belief, that is the ‘work’ He wants you to do!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am blessed as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus and His finished work”.
John 6 v 29…..Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent