Faith in Christ saves us
Faith can be a complicated subject. People put their faith in different things, people, or God’s. Faith is often viewed only as a belief in the unknown or something greater than ourselves. To a certain extent that is true, but there is much more involved with having faith in God. Having genuine faith in the God of the bible is an often misunderstood concept. Genuine faith involves having a very real relationship with Jesus.
Believing in God is an element of faith, but there is so much more to faith. God’s word has a lot to say about faith. For example, Hebrews 11:1 (NASB) declares, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Faith shows us what we may not be able to experience with our five senses.
Works demonstrate our salvation
It is our behavior that demonstrates our faith. As the saying goes, “take a step of faith”. As Joni Erickson Tada put it, “Faith isn’t the ability to believe long and far into the misty future. It’s simply taking God at His Word and taking the next step.”
Make no mistake about it. We are saved by faith and not by our works. Although genuine faith will produce good works in our lives. God has good works for us to fulfill. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
God puts a light in our hearts through faith and the light is shone through good works that God does through us. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Faith and works go together
There are generally two prevailing thoughts among Christians when it comes to faith and works. Either we are saved by faith or we are saved by works. The truth is that God saves us by faith, but if we are truly saved then God’s works will be present in our lives. The Lord gave us works to do and the faith to accomplish them for his purposes.
Faith and works are inseparable. “What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” James 2:14-17 (NASB)
Faith is a two way street. It requires both belief and action. Jesus lived a life full of faith and works. Faith is not an excuse to not do anything and doing truly great works cannot be accomplished without faith in Jesus.
God gave us free will to choose and we are free to govern our own lives. At the same time he is in complete control of the outcome. So have faith in him and do the good works that he prepared for you. As John Quincy Adams said, “Duty is ours; results are God’s.” Live out your faith in God through good works and let him produce the results. How do you live out faith and works in your everyday life?