Over these last few days, we’ve been talking about what it means to be saved by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus. That’s really, really important stuff. But then what? What comes next?
And yes, it is important stuff. Really important! What scares me most are the people who have some wishy-washy kind of faith, who think they’re saved but who are going to get a rude shock on the day they stand before the throne of God in judgement.
The only way to the Father is by faith in Jesus, His Son. That’s it! But what does that faith look like? Is it a one-time thing? Yep, I believe, tick in the box, back to life? No! That’s not what God’s Word says.
Following hard on the heels of those verses about salvation that we’ve been looking at this week, comes this one:
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)
God created you and saved you, because He has some good works ready and waiting for you. What sort of works? Good works. Not the old works, not that rubbish we were into before we trusted in Jesus. Good works. In other words, there’s a new life for us to live.
And if we’re not living that new life, if we’re not walking in those good works, then our faith means nothing. Elsewhere, Jesus says this:
Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who calls me Lord will enter God’s kingdom. The only people who will enter are those who do what my Father in heaven wants.
Make no mistake. Faith in Jesus is NOT a one-time tick in the box. It’s a changed life. Don’t get a rude shock on judgement day.
That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.