Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” (Revelation 14:12-13 ESV)
God’s word says that we are saved by grace AND that our deeds are very important to our future. They will be tested in the fire. They will be rewarded so that we can offer them to Jesus in worship and honor.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV)
Our works will never save us. Salvation only comes as a free gift from Jesus Christ by His great sacrifice and laying down of His own life so that we might receive eternal life as God’s children. And once we are His, our love of our Savior moves us to follow Him, to listen to God’s Holy Spirit that is sealed within us and to obey God’s calling on our lives.
My calling will certainly be different than yours. Yet both are important. We must be faithful to obey God’s voice in the smallest of things. We must be content with our calling and not covet the callings of others. We must step out in faith and courage knowing that God’s word is true.
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21 ESV)
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:14-17 ESV)
Our faith in Jesus Christ will naturally lead us to seek more of Him in which He reveals through God’s Holy Word and His Holy Spirit what He desires of us individually – works – for His great name and building of His kingdom.
I pray that I am faithful in the small things. I pray that God will make clear to me, and to you, what He would have us do – just for today. May we all be found faithful and doing the will of our Father in Heaven when Jesus Christ comes for His bride. Keep your oil lamps filled. Don’t busy yourself with worldly ventures and pursuits. Your deeds will follow you. Keep your eyes on the Father and be encouraged. He is coming quickly. Press on, beloved. Press on!