Faith: confident belief in the truth; belief not based on logical proof or material evidence; loyalty to a person or a thing.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2: 8-9
Believe: to accept as true or real; to expect; to have faith or confidence.
Work: mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something.
In John 6, we read of a crowd asking Jesus what they should do to do the works of God. Jesus answered, ” The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
We are NOT saved by works, but we are saved FOR WORKS. Before we get conceited or proud of our works or weary and burned out by them, let us remember: the work we are saved to do is to BELIEVE IN JESUS. Perhaps much of what we do for the Kingdom of God is not effective because we extend energy devoid of belief. Perhaps we extend energy believing the lie that the advancement of the Kingdom depends on us, rather than on the Power of God, working through us. Perhaps we move forward without seeking God’s guidance and blessing in believing prayer. All our efforts are wasted if they are not fueled by believing prayer.
Sometimes we are called to stand still and watch God work. Sometimes we are called to work with him. But we are always called to believe him.
Let us remember that all that is accomplished for the Kingdom of God is the work of God. He gets the GLORY. We have the great and awesome privilege of believing him, of cheering him on, of praising him.
Lord Jesus, help me remember that my goal and my work for the year ahead is simply and profoundly TO BELIEVE YOU.