Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Life as a Verb: Works and Faith

source: Tony Avellana

You did not do anything to achieve your salvation, but you must do something to exhibit it. you must "work out your salvation" which God has worked in you already. Are your speech, your thinking, and your emotions evidence that you are working it out? If your are still the same miserable, grouchy person set on having your own way, then it is a lie to say that God has sanctified you.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Living life as a verb means living a life of action. But, what do our actions have to do with our faith?

But once salvation comes, and that only by faith, our outward actions should reflect the inner change in us.

You see, faith and deeds go hand in hand. They work together as evidence that God is working in us.
James 2: 18 in The Message reminds us of this. "Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove."

Faith is the first step to drawing towards God, works are the evidence that God is in me. Works are the verbs of our lives: loving, praying, sharing, enduring, growing, learning.

What verbs have marked your week? I'm praying my week to come will be marked by love and the ability to persevere (in other words, patience).

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