This is what God gave me today in His word:
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:14-17)
There has been a question asked for a long time, “Are we saved by works, or by grace?” James answers this question clearly here: it is by faith that we are saved, but that faith should be clear to everyone by what we do. If we don’t show our faith by our actions, our faith is dead. Something which in turn implies that works are in fact our savior, and not faith; because, after all, without works we wouldn’t have a faith, apparently. So which is it? Are we saved through Jesus’ blood, or do we need a “faith” in Him, but in reality need to work for our salvation (or else have a dead faith)? I’ll do my best in this post to answer that question.
We can definitely say that we are not saved by works. The Bible tells us over and over that we are “saved by grace, and not by works, that none should boast.” However, we still need to answer the question of keeping that salvation; do we need to do nothing to keep our salvation, our do we need to work and do “good deeds” to keep ourselves saved? This question is easily answered: you see, if we are truly Christians, we will naturally want to tell others of our Lord; to help that old lady across that street, to feed that man and give him a coat before saying, “be warm and filled.” However, we each express this natural, God given want to help, in different ways, in accordance with the gifts which we are given (see below verse):
Where one may be given the gift of hospitality, another may be given the gift of teaching, and still another the gift of evangelism.
1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. (Ephesians 4:1-7)
To wrap up: we are saved by grace; a grace given to us by Jesus’ death. However, we should show that we are saved by what we do. What we do may be different for each of us, but we still should want, as Christians, to serve God in whatever way He has given us the ability to serve in.
You are Loved!