Anytime we as Christians focus on the things we are “supposed to do” or “not supposed to do”, the topic of salvation by works or salvation by faith gets discussed. I’m a big believer that faith and works are eternally interconnected. In other words, works apart from faith are worthless, but faith apart from works is equally worthless. Here are some relevant bible passages:
James 2:14-18, “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.
I love how it’s presented in 1 Thessalonians: works, labor, and endurance that are pleasing to God are PRODUCED by faith, PROMPTED by love, and INSPIRED by hope.All of these passages point to the fact that the two concepts are inseparable.
James 2:26, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”
1 Thessalonians 1:3, “We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I love how it’s presented in 1 Thessalonians: works, labor, and endurance that are pleasing to God are PRODUCED by faith, PROMPTED by love, and INSPIRED by hope.
Instead of focusing on works, we should focus on God and loving Him and others. Good works should be the natural byproduct. So GO and put your faith to work!