Our thoughts, alone, do not matter. It’s our actions which truly reveal what we believe. But when those who believe in Jesus claim that they are not judged by their actions, what does that mean?
It means that the guarantee of eternal life rests not on our good works but the work that Jesus did for us on the cross- He died to save us!
It means God sees the heart more than the act and He knows our motives— a truly good act comes from a humble heart that knows it does not, and will not measure up to what God has done for us.
It means we may commit a mistake or do something bad, intentionally or unintentionally, but can always go back to God in repentance and remorse— though not without consequence. And we will persevere, to always come to God in faith— no matter the mistake, or consequence.
It means million, billion, trillion, gazillion, of opportunities lie ahead to change, transform, and do good works, without fear of missing a single one. That though we will miss many chances, there will always be another chance. And we will persevere to catch those opportunities.
It means good works is not a product of struggle, pressure, embarrassment, or fear; or hope on what humans can do. But every deliberate action to be good, comes from a grateful heart for what God has done; and trust of what else He, alone, can do.
It means the focus of every action and good deed, the object of life itself, is not to please man or get the approval of God, but to joyfully represent God every moment possible.
May you be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, who alone can save us and bring us back to our Father in Heaven. Repent of every sin. Believe and Accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and put your trust in Him— not on the good works you do. So you can do more of them— in Him, with Him, through Him, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)