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Works in Conjunction with Faith

 

 

“For without faith, it is impossible to please Him”. Let me be so bold to say that the reason that many of us cannot walk a life that is pleasing to the Lord is simply because we are not working towards a life that is pleasing to Him. I am talking about the yearning, the grinding, the striving and so on. With our mouth, we may claim that we want to walk holy or live holy, but our actions say something completely different. We are satisfied with being saved, and redeemed. If you notice, I left off a cliché that usually follows that statement: “…Holy Ghost filled”. I omitted that statement because through witnessing the lives that some of us, who are allegedly “saved”, live and the things that we do, I cannot imagine the Holy Ghost wanting to stand by to “fill” us.   Now, I could have spent an entire paragraph or two backpedaling on the issue at hand, but I decided to get straight to the point and tell everyone, better yet, let the Word of God say it for me: “…FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD” James 2:26

 

 

We have heard it said before that it is not your works that saves you, which is a completely true statement. There is no doubt about that. One is not justified by works, but by faith. Your works are a derivative of your faith. Your works are what keep you in your faith. Your faith is not visible, people cannot see your faith, but your works publicly declare your faith. Hence, it is safe to say that a lack of works could be a direct correlation to a lack of faith. A lack of faith is reciprocated with a lack of works. Confused yet??? Not my intention, let’s clear it up a little bit.

 

 The word of God tells us in John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments”. When we become believers in Christ, and we decide to proclaim “faith” and to show our faith, God sets His requirement and give us basic mandates to live by; to truly represent Him. He tells us to “be”, “keep”, “go”, etc…  All of which connotes works. There are certain standards, values, and requirements that the Lord has for us, if we are truly to be set apart. And we have to “work” at it, with the help of the Holy Spirit. It’s not enough for our prayer requests to be “pray for my spiritual life” but we’re not putting in the effort or the “work” to have that desired spiritual life.

 

 

As a Christian society, especially with this generation, we have become so satisfied with giving God the minimal when it comes to our lives and ourselves; to live the life that He has called us to live. Worst yet, many have made God, or godly living, a secondary notion. Although Christ is our Lord and Savior, we tend to accept wholeheartedly the “Savior concept”, but overlook, even deny, the “Lord concept”. We are always happy to look for the redeeming face of God for our lives, but yet we reject His Lordship over our lives. If that statement was not so, then we would strive more to live the life that He has called us to live; a life of holiness (Leviticus 11:44-45 and 1 Peter 1:16), a sacrificial life (Romans 12:1), and a renewed life (2 Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 6:15). We would go harder to “BE”, “KEEP”, “GO”, etc…We still want to live the same way we did yesterday: still going about our own way, still being promiscuous, still cursing, still fornicating, still being unequally yoked in various ways. Then again, we are claiming faith, yet not “working” to change. But yet Jesus tells us “IF ye love me (if you have faith), keep my commandments (“BE”, “KEEP”, “GO” etc…)”.  Where is the work to strive to live the holy, sacrificial, and renewed life that He has called us to live? When He says left, we go right. When He says up, we go down. When He says no, we say yes. What about His Lordship over our lives? With that lack of “work” to live the life that He’s called us to live, how can we say we have “faith”? God has called us to “work” to live a life of “faith”. Work in conjunction with faith.

 

 

Due to the lack of understanding on how “works” and “faith” are conjoint, ministries are suffering. We do not have the concept of making ourselves available to “work in the vineyard”. That is another area of “works”. I am making the transition from working on yourself, living the life that He’s called you to live, to working for the Lord. Since we don’t have the basic concept of “works” in conjunction with “faith”, we therefore have no passion for the Lord’s work. An example as basic as church attendance is not understood. God commands us not to “[forsake] the assembling of ourselves together…” In other words, go to church. I don’t know how many times I’ve had the “Why weren’t you in church?” conversation with some of the young people at my church. The excuse is always the same:

  • “I was too tired”
  • “I did not have a ride”
  • “I didn’t feel like coming today”
  • “My mother did not wake me up”

And the list goes on and on and on. However, we do not use any of these excuses when it comes to going to work, to school, to that party, etc…A lack of understanding of “works” in conjunction with “faith” is detrimental to the individual, to ministries, to the churches, and to the body of Christ in general.

 

 

As I stated before “FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD”. James 2:14-26

 

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BIO:
Irventz I. Garcon is a member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church, where he is President of the Construction Committee, Sunday School Teacher, a Youth Leader, and a Tenor in the Choir Good Shepherd Ministries. Irventz has been working in youth ministry for close to 10 years although; he is a young man still. His passion is to educate and exhort the youth lovingly in the ways of the Lord.

His motto is “although not perfect, but still striving for perfection”

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