I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience….(Rev. 2:2 KJV)
The first message to the Seven Churches in Revelations begins with the words “I know thy works.” Interestingly, the Lord says this to all of these seven Churches as He addressed each of them in Rev. 2-3. He reminds them that He knows their works.
One subtle error that infiltrated the grace revelation of this age is that our works do not matter. This cannot be further from the truth! Grace has more works than the law! We must understand how God uses words in the scripture. The term “works” for example is used in different context to refer to related but distinct things. When He says we are not saved by works ( Eph. 2:9), He is referring to our efforts to earn His blessing or favor which are called “works of the law or dead works”. However, the very next verse uses the same term “works” again to refer to something related but quite different – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Eph. 2:10 KJV). You are created in Christ for good works! Grace will produce works( good works) in your life!
God expects you to have fruit of your salvation. This is what Jesus was referring to when He addressed the seven Churches. He knows their works, not their works to earn salvation, but the way they are living their lives after they have received salvation.
God knows our works. How are you living out the salvation He gave you? What are you doing with the life and spiritual gifts He has given you. He knows our works, and He is going back to give to every man according to his or her works( Rev. 22:!2)
Do our works matter? Can you answer this question from the two related meanings of the term “works” above?
APPLY THE WORD
What are the works God is looking at in your life today? What is your personal walk of righteousness and holiness saying to Him? What is your service to the Body of Christ? Are you a profitable or an unprofitable servant in the House of God? You are not saved by works( of the law), but you are saved unto good works. Be careful not to meet the Lord without any works to show.
Ask the Spirit to help you become a tree that abounds with fruit to the glory of the Father.