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"One reason to admire and trust Jesus above all other persons is that he knows more than anyone else."
~John Piper (from "Nothing is Hidden from Christ?")
Spiritual Fruit: A Labor of Love?
Faith and works go hand in hand. A Christian is one whom Christ uses to carry out His work on earth. Therefore, serving God is more than just something we do; working for the Lord also defines who we are.
After joining God's family, believers are recognizable by their fruit, which includes the services they perform for Him and for others. In fact, the Lord rescues people from sin so that they can do the work He has planned (Ephesians 2:10). It has often been said that we are God's hands and feet in this world.
The same Father who calls us to work in His name also provides the necessary resources. As Paul said, the Lord makes grace abound to His children so that they have an abundance for every good deed (2 Corinthians 9:8). Moreover, we are equipped by His Word and strengthened and guided by His Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16-17). From these sources, Christians learn lessons about relating to others so they can help, encourage, and give to them.
Let's be clear that works have nothing to do with salvation. We are saved by grace alone through Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross. Period. After that happens, a believer is motivated to do good in the Lord's name in order to please Him.
We are called to act out our faith every day. God works through us to reach those who may never otherwise open the Bible or enter a church. What's more, He borrows our voice to tell His story and uses our life to demonstrate His grace and glory. Good deeds are a believer's labor of love.
Taken from "Our Labor of Love" by In Touch Ministries (used by permission).
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