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Doing the Works of Abraham

IMG_4706-wideI came across an interesting phrase the other day as I was reading in the Gospel of John.

“If you were Abraham’s children,
you would do the works of Abraham…”
John 8:38

Jesus had just encountered the Jews and some Pharisees who did not believe that He was God’s Son, the Promised Messiah. They took offence when He told them they really weren’t doing what Abraham, their Father, did.  

Today we might ask the same question: what are the works of Abraham?

Abraham lived long before the Law was given, so he didn’t have the 10 Commandments to go by to make sure he lived up to God’s standard. Abraham wasn’t bound by what he did or didn’t do in that sense; He was actually under Grace. Had the Law been in effect, Abraham would have had to follow the Law, to receive God’s blessings.

So, WHAT were Abrahams “works” then? The works of Abraham aren’t ‘works’ in the sense that in doing certain things you’re earning your salvation or merit or blessings with God. The works of Abraham are grounded in faith in God’s Word.

Abraham believed God’s Word to him: that he, Abraham—the old man who didn’t have children and was well up in age—that he would have so many children (heirs) that he wouldn’t be able to count them! That’s a LOT of descendants! God didn’t require Abraham to fulfill certain duties or laws. He just simply told Abraham what He would do, and Abraham believed God’s word, His promise.

The question today is: Are you doing the works of Abraham? Do you believe God’s Word above everything else that vies for your attention? Do you believe that what God has promised is true?

Abraham’s took a stand of faith in believing God; and God counted that as righteousness in His sight. That’s what God wants you and me do today: doing the works of Abraham—believing His Word, standing on His Word, and trusting Him. Jesus has already done the work. Our part is to believe.  God’s Grace is more than enough to help you. And His Grace will enable you to continue walking in faith trusting a loving God.