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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




Vantage Point: Created to Do Good Works

By Ken Horn
Sept. 19, 2010

One of the most quoted passages of Scripture is Ephesians 2:8,9: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast” (NIV).

Works had nothing to do with our salvation; it came by God’s grace. But too many Christians ignore the following verse, as if works were not mentioned at all.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works” (v. 10). You are a piece of God’s work, and you were created to do good works! Because of salvation by grace through faith, this is the expected fruit.

James 2 describes the royal law as “Love your neighbor as yourself” (v. 8) then explains how that law is lived out.

“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? … Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.

“If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (vv. 14-17).

Giving with no expectation of receiving anything back inevitably leads to opportunities to lead souls to Christ. Many testimonies attest to this today.

So Christians need to do good, expect nothing in return, but always be open to opportunities to point souls to Christ.

Would that the words of James 2:22 (about Abraham) could be applied to every believer: “You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.”

Ken Horn
Editor

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