We can grow tired and weary from trying to keep up with the demands of ‘looking good’ or ‘looking like the Christian we are supposed to be’ but where is our heart? Are we able to rest in his gift of grace? Are we measured by our expectations from God or from man?
I love the book of Galatians. In chapter 3 Paul is reminding the Galatians that Christ’s crucifiction was a gift to Christians and could not be earned by their own efforts as if under the Mosaic law.
The law was given to lead us to Christ. God’s son dying on the cross was our gift of salvation. To think I can receive salvation by works than by faith is a distortion of the word. A good question I could ask myself is “am I performing for God to earn his favor or am I doing His works as a response to His favor?”
This has made me wonder what the difference is between believing and having faith. Is faith all you need? What does the Bible say?
James 2:17 “So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deed, it is dead and useless.”
James is my favorite book of the Bible! This is a complementary aspect of Christianity just like Galatians. Galatians highlights the gospel of grace that produces righteous living (Galatians 3:13–14). James highlights the righteous living that proves faith. Both books emphasize new birth through the gospel and practical Christian living.
James says our faith, if alive and real, will naturally make us move and do good things.
Confidence is trust that is based on knowledge or past experiences. Basically, it is how firmly we hold on to a particular believe.
Lord, I want to rest in your grace. Help me to slow down and listen to you. Help me not to buy into the lies that contentment comes through anything but you. Thank you for your love, your mercy and your grace. I want to give back to you, wholeheartedly, by a response to your favor, not as to earn it. I pray to have the confidence in your Word, that will put my faith into action and allow me to be a light to others.
In Jesus Name, Amen!