What Is the Product of Your Faith?
I do not want to get into a “works vs. grace” argument! We are saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (cf. Eph. 2:8f). There are no two ways about it, we are saved because of our relationship to Jesus! But, listen to me: Our personal salvation, forgiveness and the hope of life eternal, is just the beginning of the story God is working out through us! We are saved from sin and death TO LIFE, abundant, obedient, and full of JOY!
Our work produced by faith is the fruit of God’s Spirit working through us into the lives of other’s around us! So, as we watch the evening news, our heart goes out to people whose homes have been destroyed in a natural disaster. We feel we must do something, and so we volunteer our time and energy to go to that place and help with the clean-up. Or, we get out our checkbook and write a check to support relief efforts. Or, we stop what we are doing and pray for those impacted by the disaster and those working to bring help to them. Simply put, what we do is the product of obedient faith. God’s Spirit is working in us and through us into the lives of others.
Our work produced by faith causes us to leave our comfort zone when we see someone hurting. Before, when we were listening to our head and heart, we told ourselves it is their problem, not mine; or, what can I do to alleviate their pain; or, it is not my responsibility to do anything, they should take care of themselves. Now, because we are following Jesus, His Spirit is at work in us by grace through faith and, we can no longer walk away from the one who is hurting. The Holy Spirit speaks to us, telling us to get up and respond to our hurting brother or sister. He directs us to give our time, our talent, even our possessions to help the other who is in need.
Paul says of the Thessalonians, “I thank God for… your work produced by faith…” I want those words to be said of us! I want people to say, “I thank God for you… your faith in God is visible in the things you do and the places you work for God!”
Do people say this about you and the things you do?