Devotion – September 10, 2015 – Works Without Faith

hebrews11_6Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
—Hebrews 11:6

I’ve often heard people say they think a person will be get into heaven because they are such a good person and do so many good things.  However, that’s not what the Bible teaches.  It’s not so much that God wouldn’t let a good person into heaven, it’s that outside of Jesus, we aren’t truly good people.

Sure, we can do all kinds of good things (feeding the hungry, helping someone who is hurt, etc.), but without faith how can we hope to please God with them?  In other words, how can you please God while at the same time refusing His love, rejecting His work on the cross, and even denying His existence?  How do you please God while breaking the first commandment, to have no other gods?

Isaiah 64:6 tells us,

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags…

We are sinful, unclean people and because of this even our good works come out dirty.   However, in Christ, we have been made clean.  Through faith in Jesus God has redeemed us and He enables us to do good works which truly please Him because they are done through faith in Him as a response for what He has done for us.

So, today, I encourage you to to go out and do good things for others; however do them not to make yourself acceptable to God, but rather because God in Christ has already made you acceptable and you now want to live in thankful service to Him.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for cleansing me and making me right before you through the work of Jesus.  Enable me to now go out in thanksgiving and serve others that I may live according to Your will and others may see Your love.

Amen

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