JESUS TAKES NOTICE OF OUR WORKS

Men are said to be saved so that good works may result. Not works for salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9) but works from salvation Ephesians 2:10. Grace is the total, complete work of God for man, out of which should come the faithful work of man for God as a response. There is a false teaching of grace that says works do not matter. True, not for salvation, but they should come from salvation. They are important for this life and the life to come.

Every Christian passes through the creative hand of God a second time and becomes a new creation (the workmanship of God) that God ordained to do good works. Men cannot see your light inside and that you are no longer in darkness. Men cannot see your faith. It is invisible. Men cannot see you are a new creation inside, but they can see outward evidence of that inward change. The shine of the light inside you is the works you do outside. Matthew 5:14-16, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Doing good works keeps our Christianity from becoming a mere religion of words; all lip and no life, all talk and no walk, all profession and no practice. When Jesus, the Head of the Church, was evaluating the seven churches in the book of Revelation, included in what He said to them was this: “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name Revelation 3:8.” “I know thy works,” not “I know thy intentions or I know thy belief’s” You see, He does not want to hear our revelation of the Word, He wants to see it.

If you have a revelation about intercession, show Him by our functioning in prayer and attendance at prayer meetings.

If you have a revelation of the local church, show Him by your loyalty to it and functioning in it.

If you have a revelation of prosperity, show Him by your tithing, giving, and sowing of money.

If you have a revelation of worship, show Him in the song service with your praise, worship, and your shout.

Our works will follow us into heaven for rewards or loss of rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Revelation 14:13 says, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.” You will not be rewarded for your works, but for your works that remain after the fire tries the quality of them. First Corinthians 3:13-15, “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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