Luke 10:25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
Works & Faith
We should practice Good works toward one another, as our heavenly Father has done toward us and is still doing unceasingly. We need no works to please God, but we need them for our neighbor. We cannot make God any more powerful or richer through our works, but we can make our neighbor stronger and richer by them. Our neighbor needs them, and they should be directed there and not to God. Would to God that it would go into your hands and be expressed in works!
Faith is due to God alone; faith receives divine works that God alone can do, and these works of God we can receive alone through faith. Then we should be busy for our neighbors’ sake and direct our works toward them, that these works may serve them.
My faith I must bring inwardly and upwardly to God, but my works I must do outwardly and downward to my neighbor.
(WA 10.1:314) from Sermon on the 14th Sunday after Trinity