The first thing I must do here is put a disclaimer, “I am not against "works" for The Lord”, as most people say; I believe works have their place in the Kingdom of God, but I believe “FAITH” has an even bigger place!
Romans chapter 4, is not the only scripture, but possibly one of the best known scriptures on the importance of Faith in Christ over works, whether in the church or in the community.
Romans 4:5, says, "But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners." If you have faith in God, then you are now seen as being in right standing with Him! It’s not about what you do, but about where and whom you put your trust and faith in life!
Galatians 3:25 and several other scriptures in the Bible tell us, “And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.” So why do so many Christians still put such an emphasis on themselves and their “works for Christ”? I personally believe it’s because it is easier to do something than it is to have faith, yes even in God; and it is also easier to perform a task than it is to love one another as God has loved us! We would rather sing on the choir or go door to door witnessing than to be vulnerable enough to love others or have them to love us in return.
The scripture above along with many other scriptures in the New Testament tell us that Christ died for our sins and that we are longer under the laws of Moses which are the Ten Commandments; but time after time we place guilt and condemnation on ourselves and those around us to perform, perform, perform. To put it plainly, one Preacher out of Texas said, “To say that a person can't be the righteousness of God in Christ apart from their PERFORMANCE is to claim that Christ's WORK on the CROSS was INCOMPLETE!!" (Mumba, R., 2013) and I couldn’t agree more!
Romans 4:13-14, says, “Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith. If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless!
No other words needed! Clearly Faith in God is the Key factor in our lives as Christians. Faith is the key to God’s Love, God’s Grace and God’s mercy, for Hebrews 11:6 tell us, “For without Faith it is impossible to please God!”
Forever In His Grace!
Ramson Mumba. (2013). El Shaddai International Christian Center, Houston, TX.