November 14, 2021
It is absolutely true that we are saved by grace through faith, not by works lest any man should boast.
But James, in speaking about our life of faith and specifically fulfilling the command to love tells us that we must allow our works to demonstrate our faith, or it is dead faith
Key Text: James 2:8, 10, 12, 14-18; 20-26
Jesus said it this way…By their fruits you will know them (Matthew 7:20)
He also said…
Matthew 16:27 (ESV)
27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.
Paul also reminds us that…
2 Corinthians 5:10 (ESV)
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
So here’s my question, when that day comes how much and what kind fruit will be hanging from your tree? Will it be more or less?
When it comes to the things that Jesus wants us to be doing, I pray it is more, and when it comes to the things He has instructed us not to be doing, I want it to be less
For instance, will we love more or less? We will never regret Loving too much, but we will most assuredly regret loving too little. We will never hear the Lord say, “You loved too much” but we may hear Him say “You didn’t love enough”