Sorry for jumping in, Sheila can answer too
. Again, there's always room for my not completely understanding, but I don't believe our faith with which we believe is
"our works". I understand it as a gift, God giving me the very ability to believe...not somehow me conjuring up a good work of faith so I can get saved...I see it as God's gift to me, both the faith and grace, then He grows me daily from there, which then
include works and obedience...still, all His
salvation and grace through me, empowering me even to do those works...in Him I live and breathe, etc. If it was my "live works", then I could boast...and Paul says we can't, that it's not our doing. And again, this in Galatians, "Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?"
I'm not saying I 110% agree with this, but #1 I think it's funny, and #2, I at least s/w see his point. Martin Zender talks about us "doing God's work"...he says, no what really happens is, we're in God's car. He allows us to play with the power windows and/or door locks while He drives.