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What Ought A Saved Man to Do?

We hear a great deal about people’s intentions, and hopes, and wishes, and feelings, and professions.  It would be well if we could hear more about people’s practice.  It is not the servant who is found wishing and professing, but the servant who is found “doing” whom Jesus calls “blessed.”


The lesson is one which many, unhappily, shrink from giving, and many more shrink from receiving.  We are gravely told that to talk of “working,” and “doing,” is legal, and brings Christians into bondage! Remarks of this kind should never move us.  They savor of ignorance or perverseness.  The lesson before us is not about justification, but about sanctification, not about faith, but about holiness.  The point is not what a man should do to be saved, but what ought a saved man to do?  The teaching of Scripture is clear and express upon this subject.  A saved man ought to be “careful to maintain good works.” (Titus 3:8)  The desire of a true Christian ought to be, to be found “doing.”


~J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Luke (vol. 2), pg. 90


  1. Fantastic, thought-provoking Ryle quote Veronica!

    I’m sending the Ryle faithful from Facebook over here to get a glance at this Ryle gem. 😉


    Keep up the great insights and work here on your site.

    Soli Deo Gloria!

    1. Thanks Erik! 🙂

  2. Praise God for service unto Him! 😀 It shows our love and faithfulness.

  3. Marcia L. Robertson

    That was just exactly what I needed to hear…thank you!
    I am at the end of my ‘homeschooling’ career…I have 17 year old triplets…they have been attending a home option program the last couple of years, this will be their 3rd and last year…seniors…yikes! It goes by so quickly! I also worked part time during all of this…so a quiet heart was not something I experienced…your post really made me think about this and how desperately I need this…especially now that we will be going through some very serious transitioning.
    Thanks again…and may God bless you richly during your homeschooling years…they were some of the best years for me!

  4. So true! While it’s true that we’re saved by faith and not by works, it’s works that prove our faith as James said.

    God bless you for posting this truth!

  5. LOVE your post here! Thanks for linking up with Hip Homeschool Hop! We’re excited you’re around.


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