“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9 NKJ.)
What comes to your mind when you hear the word “works”? Probably, “We are not saved by works.” Sadly, this truth has been stretched beyond its limits in many circles, and this overstretched truth is now beginning to hurt us – the body of Christ. Many Christians have the word “works” on their blacklist. The conundrum has become worse with a misunderstanding of the teachings on grace. In fact, some Christians do not know what to do with the word “works.”
The scripture above says we are not saved by works, and that is the truth. However, it does not say that works are evil or passed away with the law. The truth is that the grace that is in Christ has more works than the law. Your works are vital.
The next verse (Eph. 4:10) of our main scripture tells us that we are created for works. So there is an unquestionable place for works in God’s plan for your life. These are the things you do, including your character, behavior, habits, personality, attitudes, etc. They matter, first to God and also to you. God’s purpose of dwelling and living on the earth, filling it with His glory, is fulfilled in you through works. God is seen in you through your works.
The second reason is even more important to you. Our works here and now will determine our experience on earth: whether we will flourish, enjoy, or suffer. Works of the Word will glorify God and crown your life with success, joy, and endless prosperity. Shine!
Please read through Eph. 2:8-9 and pick out the two types of works mentioned there.
APPLY the Word
Doing the Word is key to glorifying God and beautifying you. Would you allow the Word to control how you talk and act toward other people today?
Ask the Lord to help you surrender to the Word to produce good works.
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