From my Tumblr in December of 2010.
“14What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.”
From a Myspace blog post I wrote in 2006.
Wow, can you say “God speaking to me!”
Revelation 2:2 –
2I know what you do, how you work hard and never give up. I know you do not put up with the false teachings of evil people. You have tested those who say they are apostles but really are not, and you found they are liars. 3You have patience and have suffered troubles for my name and have not given up. 4But I have this against you: you have left the love you had in the beginning. 5So remember where you were before you fell. Change your hearts and do what you did at first.
i think its when we become content with our relationship with God is when we should worry. a healthy relationship means desiring more. i think when you know you don’t have enough of God is when your are at least on the right track. i think we get off that track when we forget our first love (Jesus), and when we stop desiring Him, when we want to be better people but forget why. i know that the grace of God saves us not the stuff we do, but we sometimes we begin to believe that the good stuff we do will make our relationship better. i think that’s backwards. that we should seek the relationship first, remember our first love, the reason for the good stuff we do. and then the stuff is done in love not in vein.
this was just my opinion, God just really spoke to me when reading this. i’ve been having a problem with doing things for God in vein lately… kind of thinking out loud. what do you think?