1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Only faith in the redemptive work of Jesus can bring us into right relationship with God; not even a profusion of good works can do that. (Ephesians 2:8-9) But "works" do have an important role¡Xthey are the steady companion of faith.
As Christ's followers, we're called to be His ambassadors: we are to testify that God has reconciled the world to Himself through His Son, who lived, died, and lives again! (2 Corinthians 5:14-20) Our personal responsibility is to reveal who God is by the way we live and the choices we make. God-honoring acts done in His way and timing are evidence that our convictions are genuine.
Faith without works is simply "dead" (James 2:17), but real faith is living and consistently expressed through action. When we let ourselves be instruments in God's hands, He blesses the undeserving, strengthens the discouraged, provides for the needy, and offers saving grace to those in spiritual darkness. He rewards us richly when faith leads to obedient acts¡Xwe will not only see Him working; we will also grow closer to Him. Scripture says that our faith-filled actions will also put to shame those who are antagonistic toward Christ. (Titus 2:7-8) What a powerful combination¡Xfaith and works!
The depth of our faith is revealed through our conduct¡Xnot just in deeds that others observe, but also in actions we take when no one sees. (Matthew 6:1) God expects believers to be imitators of Jesus, pouring themselves into the lives of others whenever the Father asks.
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