Quotes about works

If I’m busy because I feel the pressure to prove myself, neither doing more or less will help. Doing more won’t help because we can never do enough to justify ourselves. And doing less won’t help because it won’t address the underlying desire for justification. Only the truth sets us free. The answer is neither doing more... read more

Why do we imagine God to be so unmoved by our heart-felt attempts at obedience? He is, after all, our heavenly Father. What sort of father looks at his daughter’s homemade birthday card and complains that the colour scheme is all wrong? What kind of mother says to her son, after he gladly cleaned the garage but put the paint cans on t... read more

We may talk about wanting to get off the bullet train of Western society, but the reality is that we are afraid — afraid of being a nobody.

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Far be it from us to think we have virtues for which God could love us. But then, how magnificently we have repented! As Bunyan says, describing his first and illusory conversion, ‘I thought there was no man in England that pleased God better than I.’ Beaten out of this, we next offer our own humility to God’s admiration. Surely HeR... read more

My prayers are not Christ, my hearing is not Christ, my fasting is not Christ. Oh! one smile of Christ, one glimpse of Christ, one good word from Christ, one nod of love from Christ in the day of trouble and darkness—will more revive and refresh the soul than all your former services, in which your souls rested, as if they were the bosom of Ch... read more

The righteous deeds of the saints—the good things we do in the service of Jesus—are a huge investment of our time, money, sweat, and even sometimes tears. And they are meant to be a delight to us. They are our wedding dress. They are our glory. They are Jesus’ gift to us, because he has broken with tradition and not only seen the dress, bu... read more

To every faithful servant of Christ who has laboured in virtual obscurity in the nursery, I say: “Jesus knows your works!” To every Sunday School teacher who spends hours each week in preparation, though only a handful show up early enough for class, I say: “Jesus knows your works!” To every diligent believer who stuffs the bulletin with... read more

We don’t want to rest because we want to be indispensable. We don’t want to stop being productive because our identities are rooted in activity and accomplishment

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