As we are out praying for others, some people we run into on the streets confront us about doing "works." They are adamant that praying for the sick and giving to the poor are works, which God despises. But the problem does not lie in what we are doing, it lies in the interpretation of what is considered works.
Before I begin, I must mention how a person is saved. The Bible tells us that it is by grace through faith that we are saved (Mark 2:5-12; 1 Timothy 1:19; 1 Peter 3:16-22). John 3:16 tells us that we must believe in Jesus in order to be saved. Is that a work? Because it depends on us choosing to do something? "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him" (Hebrews 11:6). What about having faith? Is our faith a work? What exactly does all this mean?