For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also -James 2:26
Sometimes we do not study and expect to pass an examination. We do not do our share of the work and sprawled on the lap of laziness somehow expect our employer’s approval for our “dedication”. On the other hand, there are people who over-prepare for daily tasks to the point of mental break down or constantly stage performances to impress their bosses, whatever it takes. Even in church settings people find themselves either anticipating the move of God with absolutely no input from us as His people or doing everything in our power to generate “god activity”. We have been born into a generation that oscillates from one extreme to the next.
There is a measure of balance required as we embark on the Christian walk. It is a highly practical journey which requires our attentiveness and as well as our responsiveness. We must be aware of what God’s Word is saying, where He is leading and we must equally prepare to go. One must not occur without the other. There are many instances where balance is necessary. While there is nothing we can do to deserve God’s supply of measureless grace, it is also a gift we should not take for granted and attempt to exploit. The wages of sin remain death. Becoming a Christian remains a twofold occurrence. We believe in our hearts that Jesus Christ is Lord and we confess it with our lips. These two then yield a life of change and commitment. Without the evidence of a changed life and a thriving God relationship, where is the fruit of our Christianity? Similarly, faith is not an isolated entity. Neither are works. Faith without works is dead. Both are inseparable. Though God’s purposes cannot be withheld, according to 1 Corinthians 3:9 He has invited us to be co-labourers with Him. We do not entirely dominate the events of our lives, but we are expected to take responsibility and play an active role in the purposefulness of it by both trusting and acting.
Even though Christ saves, we are still charged with sharing the gospel, planting seeds and watering them. Even though we may be granted divine favour in our different work spaces, we are still expected to cultivate and carry out a spirit of diligence and excellence. Further, when we have done our best concerning any issue, we must release the weight of it and allow the Lord to take control of the situation instead of inundating ourselves with care. To evade the crippling traps of either laziness or despairing overexertion, we must daily assimilate a dose of faith in God followed up with works i.e. the best we can do. Attentiveness and responsiveness over time result in faithfulness and God never dismisses faithfulness (Galatians 3:23-24). Though everything does not always manifest itself in a way that we anticipate, we can trust that a life of faithfulness will be full of effectiveness and fulfilment. And there are few things more satisfactory than that.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up – Galatians 6:9