Good works are the fruit of a Christian life. What kind of fruit is your life producing? If the tree is good, it will bear good fruit. If the tree is bad the tree will bear bad fruit. “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.Therefore by their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:17-20). If you are living the life of faith, you will produce the fruit of faith—good works are part of that fruit.
What if you don’t have any good works? “And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away” (Matthew 21:19). Jesus came to a fig tree, and found that while it had lots of leaves, it wasn’t bearing any fruit, and had nothing to offer Him. Good works are part of the fruit that we can offer to God and to others for His sake. If you do not bear good fruit, what use are you to the Kingdom of God? John 15:1-2 says this about those who don’t bear any fruit: “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
Grace empowers you for good works. The same faith that got you saved is the faith that will help you do what is right. When you read a commandment from God in the Bible you don’t have to suffer from a sinking feeling that you will never be able to obey the instruction, instead you can live with the knowledge that through grace all things are possible.
The beginning of grace is eternal life and forgiveness of sin, but grace is so much more. God’s grace extends to every area of your life. Bad habits, negative thought processes, and addictions—all can be changed through grace.
There is grace available to help you with your actions, in the same way that there is grace to help you with your believing. Joseph Prince says, “Right living is the result of right believing.” Once you believe you are saved through grace, then your actions will start to line up with your belief.
Even Paul labored and strived: “To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily” (Colossians 1:29). But look at how he does it: he labored “according to His [Jesus’] working.” “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). The grace of God is power to let good work be done in and through you.
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