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Finding balance in an unbalanced world

Posted: October 4, 2012 - 2:34pm  |  Updated: October 5, 2012 - 8:28am

Salvation, check. Church this Sunday, check. Tithing, check. It’s starting to feel like I’m at a Midas “24 point inspection” and my faith is the vehicle. Yet, I’m willing to bet that a lot of us subscribe to a “check box” relationship paradigm with God. Where the problem can lie, in this particular type of relationship, is in a lack of faith. At this point you may be fuming and I completely understand. Hear me out.

James 2:14 (NLT) clearly states, “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?” James is making an awesome distinction within this passage. The way to eternal life consists of more than just faith; it involves works/actions spurred by such faith. Remember, just because you’ve voiced a belief doesn’t mean you always take the appropriate action to show it. This is where actions speak louder than words. However, Paul contends there is a balance.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT) discusses this balance. “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” The counterbalance to works is faith; faith that God’s grace is sufficient, a gift that only He can give. Paul is voicing that works without faith is not sufficient to eternal life.    

In sharing these Scriptures, the directive is not to choose sides but to find a balance. Remember those playground days? When you and your buddy tried to balance the teeter totter in midair?

Your relationship with God is a lot like that. Finding a balance between works and faith can be difficult but it’s the beauty of your journey with God.

My hope is a rediscovery of our faith and relationship with Christ. Instead of “going through the motions” of our weekly routine, we’d find the joy, love and grace of both faith in Christ and the subsequent works/actions of that faith. Join me in rediscovering a relationship that goes beyond check boxes and into a transformational shift towards Christ.

 

Scott Levesque is the Youth Pastor at Kenai New Life. His handle on Twitter is @scottlevesque

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Watchman on the Wall 10/08/12 - 01:50 pm
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James 2:14-26 Faith & Works

Very Good and i agree that many say the believe in God, but so does Satan and his demons.
A persons habitual actions show if his faith is real or false in relation to following Jesus Christs examples and accepting Christ as Gods Only acceptable means of ever being forgiven and allowed into Gods eternal Kingdom.
True believers in Christ can forget that they were ever saved from their sins and revert back into a previous life style of sin temperarily i do believe, this in no way takes their salvation away from them, but it does make them of no effect as a witness for God and his saving grace to all that would come and say yes to this Free gift of God.
There are many False Messiahs come into the world for these Last Days as Jesus told his Disciples in answer to their questions in reguard to his return, second coming at the End of the Age of time. Matthew 24;
Then their is my favorite found in Matthew 7:22-23 where many shall say on judgment day, Lord, Lord didn't we do all these things in your name and Jesus shall say, I never knew you, depart from you practice Lawlessness.
They thought that they were doing Good things that would save them and all they were doing was kidding them selves, but not Jesus who shall judge us all only in relationship to either accepting him as Lord or rejecting him as Lord, nothing else will matter on that day.

We do Good works because Jesus told us to do so as a SIGN of salvation, not for salvation, and when he said every tree bares it's own Fruit, he was saying what you do for him is Good and acceptable in his sight, not what we do in our own power or desire to be good or liked.

Every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10-11
Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man comes unto the Father but through ME." John 14:6
Do you really Believe in Jesus, or just know about him is the question one must ask?
Almost everyone knows what John 3:16 says concerning Gods Love for the World and mankind. But they don't continue to read on down to see that verses 17-21 says that if they reject Gods Love found in Jesus, then they are judged already because they have not believed in the name of the ONLY begotten son of God.

It's ALL ABOUT JESUS and Gods plans, rules for acceptance, not about us and our plans and changed rules leading to nonacceptance by God.

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