Updated: Dec 20, 2021
In this video from Inspiring Philosophy we are asked to think about faith vs works.
Have you developed a heart of “faith” or a heart of “works.”
The heart of works gets satisfaction from the ego-boost of accomplishing something on its own. Our ambition and ego will attempt to climb a mountain, or do extra responsibilities at work, or risk life and limb in a combat, or suffer through a marathon, or perform religious duties — all for the satisfaction of conquering life by the force of our own will and the stamina of our body.
I have done and so have you.
We crave self-direction, self-reliance, and self-exaltation. Our delusion of pride is to savor being assertive, autonomous, and triumphant.
The heart of faith is radically different in that it desires the fullest satisfaction of experiencing all that God is for us in Jesus.
This means thinking less of your self and more of others.
Faith longs for the joy of seeing God glorified.
In its everyday religious form, our works conquers obstacles through great self-exertion, and offers the victory to God as a payment for his approval and recompense. Faith helps us realize that what we do is an occasion to become the instrument of God’s power. Victory if and when it comes rejoices recognizing all the glory and thanks belong to God.