One cannot be saved by works. As Ephesians 2:8-9 says ‘for it is by grace you have been saved, through faithand this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast’.
However, the chapter goes on as follows: ‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Ephesians 2:10). In a similar way in another context, James 2:14-20, speaks of the importance and place of the works, exemplifies it by saying that faith alone cannot feed a hungry, only active faith can achieve it, doing those works that God prepared in advance.
How opportune this passage is! Today we live in a world that is suffering from stomach pain for not having to eat, while countless people are hurting their stomach but for having eaten too much. We must be honest, we often complain only about the fact that the food is cold, or a little hard, or too sweet, or too salty. The poet Pauline Davis transferred it with his ink in the following way:
Thank God for dirty dishes;
They have a tale to tell.
While others may go hungry,
We’re eating very well
With home, health, and happiness,
I shouldn’t want to fuss;
By the stack of evidence,
God’s been very good to us.
We should be grateful, since gratitude is vital to a faith that works. Believers who are deeply grateful for God’s blessings, long to share them with others.
Our faith should not be sterile, empty, and useless. We should not ignore the physical and spiritual needs of those who are there right next to us, we do not have to search very hard.
- A living faith will always produce something to do for others.
2. Give thanks to God for the things you take for granted.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faithand this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.