Faith Without Works
First- salvation doesn’t come from your works. If you’re trying to get on Gods “good side” by being a “good person”, going to church, or doing other “good things”, then you’re wasting your time. This is what the bible says:
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:8,9
Salvation is a gift from God. You can’t earn your way into heaven. Your way into heaven is laying down your pride, admitting you need a Savoir, accepting Jesus into your heart, and committing your life to Him.
Once you accept Jesus into your heart, the works flow naturally out of your love for Him. You are no longer doing good works to be a good person, but rather you are doing good things because you want to serve Jesus. The recognition or attention no longer matters. If you’re truly living for Jesus, then serving Him will happen daily, even when no one knows about!
Check out this part of scripture in James 2:
“Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.” James 2:21, 22
Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions. But take note of what his actions were all about. His actions were his obedience to God! Abraham didn’t take his son to the alter just because he felt like it or to be a “good person”. God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son to test Abraham’s faith (Genesis 22). As Abraham prepared his son Isaac to be sacrificed, God stepped in and stopped him from proceeding with the sacrifice;
“Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.” Genesis 22:12
God tested Abraham to see where his faith truly was with Him. Therefore, Abraham’s actions made his faith complete, or in other words Abraham’s OBEDIENCE made his faith complete.
“Faith without works is dead” means your faith without obedience is dead. If we truly believe in Jesus, we will serve Him with our lives and be obedient to what He commands us to do. If he asks us to serve the poor, give to the church, go to church, love your neighbor, or do something WITHOUT the recognition, we will obey because we love Him.
“Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:3