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There is Much To Do
At the risk of sounding rather controversial, I’d like to share the argument that being a Christian is MUCH more than saying a prayer… in fact it means there is MUCH to do.
It has grown very popular in this day and age to tell people that Christianity or being ‘saved’ is just a matter of repeating a prayer where you say ‘sorry’ for your sins.
I believe it is much more than that though.
The argument is as old a Christianity itself, in fact it’s seen in the New Testament with Paul saying that faith is ‘not by works’ (Ephesians 2:9) where James says faith WITHOUT works is dead (James 2).
I totally believe that what Paul says is true. Salvation is a free gift. There’s nothing we can do to ‘earn’ it. It is a gift from the grace of God.
However, I believe James is ALSO right. Faith which doesn’t result in works (in most cases) is no faith at all. James says that kind of faith can’t save us and he means that if we claim we have faith but that faith doesn’t result in any change in us, then our faith is not in God but in the prayer of salvation. We have faith that the prayer will keep us from hell, but that’s all.
Obviously there are those who come to faith in Christ so late in life (on their deathbeds, for instance) that they die before demonstrating their faith through works and I completely believe that they are saved because, as Paul says, it’s not our works that save us but accepting the free gift of salvation.
For those of us who DO have time though, how can we say we have faith in Christ, that we repent of our sins and that we are followers of our saviour if there is never any change in us… if our faith is not seen by our works.
If we truly believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth to die in our place, that we are all sinners and have all fallen short of the Glory of God and that we must repent (actually turn from our sin) and accept the free gift of salvation from Jesus Christ then that HAS to do something to us.
If all of those things are true then we understand that ALL are in desperate need of salvation and how can we possibly go another day without starting to tell others the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Add the presence of the Holy Spirit to that and, as Paul says in Galatians 5, those who live led by the spirit will show the fruits of the Spirit which are: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. So you see that true faith results in inward change.
It is my belief that there is MUCH to do and my question to you is, does the faith you have agree with that assertion and make you eager to do your part or does your faith simply say, “I’m OK, I’m saved. Who cares about anyone else?”
… because that’s not much like faith at all.