There are some Churches that say that unless you “surrender” your life and make Jesus your Lord and do the works, then you cannot be saved.
They say that a “saving” faith needs good works to prove that Jesus is your Lord and not just Savior.
They use these scriptures:
Matthew 7 “21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. “
James 2 ’17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead in itself.”
Ok, let me ask you this, how many works do you need to prove that Jesus is your “LORD” ?
According to Jesus’ own words, He said this:
Luke 14 “26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple…..33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up EVERYTHING you have cannot be my disciples.”
So Jesus said to FORSAKE EVERYTHING and SELL EVERYTHING to the poor to be His disciples!
Luke 12 “31 But seek God’s Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you. 32 Don’t be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. 33 Sell that which you have, and give gifts to the needy. Make for yourselves purses which don’t grow old, a treasure in the heavens that doesn’t fail, where no thief approaches, neither moth destroys.”
Ok how many Christians are disciples of Christ according to those verses? ZERO.
That shows that no Christians are doing the “works” of the Law commanded by Jesus to Israel.So then how do we really make Jesus the LORD.
It is not by anything we DO.
Jesus is ALREADY LORD.
He is the CREATOR of all things.
He does not need your works to become LORD of your life.
He created you and is GOD already.
This is how we ACCEPT Jesus as LORD – that you BELIEVE that He is LORD and GOD who died for your sins and rose from the dead!
Romans 10 ” 9 that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart, one believes resulting in righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made resulting in salvation.”
John 20 “28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!””
This is the WORK that you need to do to be SAVED – SIMPLY BELIEVE in Jesus for your own salvation. So simple.
John 6 “28 They said therefore to him, “What must we do, that we may work the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
The work of faith is when we stop doing the actual works to attain salvation and simply TRUST in what Jesus has done for us.
Romans 4 “5 But to him who doesn’t work, but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness…..who believe in him who raised Jesus, our Lord, from the dead, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses, and was raised for our justification.”