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I heard two young women talking after church one morning.  I was standing nearby, trying not to be obvious about the fact that I was listening in, but I was.  They were talking about faith and works, mostly faith.  (That is the more spiritual subject, isn’t it?)

One said to the other, “The Christian life is not about works.”  The other agreed, nodding her head as they both recalled the sermon we’d just heard, and were trying to apply it.  After all, we’re supposed to figure out how what we just heard from the Bible applies to our lives today, right?

I’ll never forget their looks of surprise when I interjected my opposition.  “Yes it is.  The Christian life is all about works!”  I went on to explain that it’s a “which came first” thing.  We don’t work our way into right standing with God, but we express our faith by doing something – doing a lot of things, good things.

The Bible says, in the New Testament, that God made us for this very purpose.  It says that this was all planned even before the earth was created (Ephesians 2:10).  The things we are supposed to do were all set in place.  It makes sense, doesn’t it?  The need has always been there.  There’s always been something good to do, something to set right, something to make better or more beautiful.  Now, we are to “walk in them” – in other words, do the work!

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