Not By Works
by Randy Chambers, 2015-07-09
Rom. 4:4-5, NIV: Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to
him as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not work but trusts God
who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.
We are a busy people. Everyone of us, it seems, are having more trouble finding more time to do more things. Even our quiet times and church activities are sardined into an already tight schedule. Church has become a state of "doing" -- a task to be accomplished. If righteousness were to come by works, many of us would be in the fast lane to Heaven. But God has made it clear to us that righteousness comes by faith. It is more a state of being than one of doing. In John 15:5, Jesus instructs, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.Ē As we live our lives, it would be good for us to keep in mind from where we draw our life and our strength to do anything. If we are to see Godís power in our lives, we must remain rooted in our life source--Jesus. Our daily time with Him must be seen as vital to our existence. To remain in Him, and in His Word is where we will discover that His work in us accomplishes far more than any of the works we attempt to accomplish alone.