The Call of the Faithful

Did you know that the right works please God? Faith that pleases God reveals itself in our obedience—which means we do the right works. Perhaps the greatest example of this in the Bible is the third hero in Faith’s Hall of Fame, Noah Hebrews 11:7~By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. (ESV) Noah was just a farmer and had probably never seen a boat much less a toad strangling gully washer. Have you ever lived in a place with high curbs? When we moved to Texas we had 10 inch curbs! They put curbs like that in knowing that rains come in quick and hard, they are a necessity. Noah could have never dreamt of rain flooding the earth. Yet, he obediently moved with reverent fear and in faith constructed a gigantic ark that measured 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and four stories high as recorded in Genesis  6:15~ (ESV).

He built all of this boat, exactly according to God’s instructions. By faith. Hebrews 11:7~By faith Noah…condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (ESV) Imagine God asking you to build what you have never seen, take more than a century to do this, and oh, by the way, tell everyone God is fed up and they have no chance. I’d say that takes faith. Noah preached for 120 years without one convert. I really would love to read some of his journals, if only he had poured out his soul like David. Alas, he didn’t. Noah’s life is an excellent example of the fact God doesn’t call us to be successful; He calls us to be faithful. Living a faithful life that pleases God always reveals itself. Faith is revealed in our actions, in our good works, in the spiritual fruit of life. James 2:26~For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. (ESV)

Faith that pleases God does many good works. John Calvin wrote in response to Cannon 11 of the 6th session of the Council of Trent, a little church history for you, as they were helping to iron out our faith: It is, therefore, faith alone which justifies, and yet the faith which justifies is not alone. Faith in God is never alone! James reminds us in his general epistle, saving faith is always accompanied by good works. That’s why we see Paul use the terms good works and spiritual fruit interchangeably. Remember the last teaching of Jesus like a deathbed confession. He said bear much fruit. The Heroes of Faith: Share how each of us must live by faith, giving to God The Right Worship. How we are to Walk Right, following and seeking God, as we do the Right Works. Today, why not just respond to God and see what He has planned for you.

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