Are we saved through works? NO! We are saved by grace so that NONE may boast!!! Does that mean that once we are saved we just get a free ride through life? HECK NO!!!! Ponder this story from the bible:
The Sheep and the Goats
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
This wont be a very long post because this parable says it all!!!!! Would you rather be a sheep or a goat? I know what I would want to be….. Remember, even the smallest act of kindness makes you exalted in Gods eyes. The more you do for the least of these, the more you do for him. He also sees your heart though… so do not give for selfish gain, or hold back because you would rather keep your money for the finer things….. God knows what, when, and why you do what you do,….
When I stand before the lord at the gates of heaven, I hope that he will say “well done”.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
God says to love one another as he loved us. He loved us by sacrificing his only son! What are YOU holding back that is TOO important to give to God? What are you keeping from him? He keeps nothing from those who love him, so how are we to love him if we are not willing to give up EVERYTHING for him, and everyone else on this earth.
Remember, in the great scheme of things, this life holds NOTHING for us of great value…. this society worships paper money and contracts more than it does the everlasting God who created each and every one of us. So just think about that….. What are you holding back? Why wait any longer? Is it worth it?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
- Biblical Prophesy Discloses Our Future, Are We Paying Attention as It Unfolds? Pt.3 (revivehope.wordpress.com)
- Everyday Ways to Love Your Neighbor – Faith and Works (centralumchurch.wordpress.com)
- Re: Would Jesus have agreed with this quote? (forum.prisonplanet.com)
- The “Fruit” of our Faith (ninatidwell.com)