We are saved by faith alone, it is none of me and all of him, so that no man can boast. But faith without works is dead.
An obese man has a heart attack. He passes out and lays on the pavement unconscience. Quickly, he is rushed away by the ambulance. The paramedics revive him, return him to stability, and save his life. It was them that saved his life and not himself. All them. None of him. But if he thanks them and stops at McDonalds on the way home, walks in the door and heats up a pizza, and downs a whole package of Oreos while waiting on the pizza, he is as good as dead. He can not thank them and expect to be saved over and over. He must change. Faith without works is dead.
This is my imperfect analogy, but I believe it applies to so very many today in my culture. I live fat on the hog with 911 programmed into my phone, but Christ calls us to CHANGE! We post our articles on Facebook slamming sinners that are different than us, gossip about our neighbors and even our friends to shine our halos, quote our “I would never”s, and live our self righteous lives turning people away from Jesus faster than we can argue our point.
“It would be dangerous to think of oneself as a person of high ideals…it might lead you to become a prick and think you were rather a special person who deserved to be congratulated on his idealism.” CS Lewis
And here is my point, the prostitute is not claiming how good she is and pointing out Bible verses to all the druggies around her. The alcoholic, the homosexual, the drug dealer is not judging and condemning. Are they sinning in their lifestyle? Yes! The Bible says so, not me. HOWEVER, they are not turning people away from Jesus!
And THAT is why Jesus condemned the Pharisees and hung out with the outcast sinners! Now, wooa Caroline! Should we all sin to point others to Jesus? Nope! As stated earlier, faith without works (change) is dead, “Go and sin no more.”
But there is a HUGE difference here! A matter of LIFE and DEATH! We are NEVER COMMANDED TO BE SELF RIGHTEOUS! We are never commanded to point others to ourselves and how good we are, we are to point others to JESUS!
I also was a sinner, Jesus saved me! I also was lost, Jesus found me! We are to forgive because we were forgiven more, we are to love because we were first loved, we are to SHINE THE LIGHT OF JESUS, NOT THE LIGHT OF SELF! The difference is a matter of eternal life and death.