Scripture to Read: Romans 3:28
Yesterday, we touched on the fact that our “good works” are the evidence to others that we belong to Christ and that He is Lord of our lives. So, let’s examine our “good works” a little more. God had James, who grew up as the half-brother of Jesus, deal with how important our “good works” are in showing others we belong to Christ. In James 2:14–26, God had James ask some great questions, showing everyone that faith without “good works” is absolutely worthless. God even had James write this in James 2:19, “You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.” In the day when James penned these words, people believed that a “head knowledge” of God was all they needed to be made right with God. Interestingly enough, too many people today still believe this same lie. But God says that even the demons believe in Him, but we know demons are not made right with God because of their belief. By placing our faith in Christ, our lives are drastically transformed. God says it this way in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” God changes us through Christ and makes us brand new. Therefore, as followers of Christ, our lives should look drastically different than those still lost in their sin. Though the Law of God cannot save us because our faith is now in Christ, we must live our lives for Him.
Challenge & Application
Why should our lives look different after surrendering to Christ as Lord?
How is your life different from what your life was like before surrendering to Christ as Lord?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!