I read this in a devotion recently, “We are not saved by good works but for good works.”
It is common for Christians to point out to others that it is by grace we are saved through faith alone…not by anything we have done. If we are to boast, it should be in the One who deems us worthy…not in ourselves. There is nothing we can do to earn salvation. Nothing. Mankind is and will always be unworthy of the grace of God bestowed on us by the sacrifice of His One and Only Begotten.
So, since we don’t have to do anything to receive the gift of salvation, then does that mean we can get saved and go back to a selfish lifestyle? Does it mean we can sin because we know that we are forgiven? I don’t think so. There is evidence that a person has been saved and that’s not it! The evidence I speak of is what the Bible refers to as fruit. The fruit is produced through how we work out our faith. It’s nothing we can do ourselves. We can not do anything good apart from Christ. Good works produce on the outside what is already living on the inside, (the fruit of the Spirit of Christ) for the world to see.
Good works are the evidence of Christ in us…not the cause. They produce His fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. The motivation to do good works comes from God through the Holy Spirit. It comes from Abiding in Christ and His abiding in us. Our works are the visual display of an unseen faith. We are saved for good works, not by them. The work we do as Christians is a testimony to the world of Whose we are.
From His Heart to Yours: We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. – Eph. 2:10