the apostle Paul wrote,“ for we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them”( Ephesians 2:10 ). And his pastoral epistles, Paul repeatedly reminded Timothy and Titus of the importance of good works.
We understand that salvation is a gift from God because of his grace and is received through faith alone. We cannot earn salvation, no matter how many good works we do. Scripture does teach, however, that there will always be evidence of true salvation. James wrote, “what doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he has faith, and have not works?” ( 2:14 ).
Among the works that reveal the true heart of a believer is that of helping to meet the needs of others. This is so important that in the final judgment of the nations, Christ will point to what they did or did not do for others.