Re:Verse passage – Luke 19:1-10 (day five)
Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.”
The gospel requires faith AND obedience. Believing and behaving. Conviction and repentance. They go together. When we trust and follow, the Lord will call us to take the first step and then He will call for the next step and then the next step. We read about Zaccheus’ first step in Luke 19.
Steps of obedience are evidence of eternity entering the human heart. As we obey the Lord, life in Christ becomes clearer and compelling.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”