I find that in attempting to support “sola fide”, some read Scripture with a curious myopia, excluding those passages where Jesus himself tells us to “do” something, probably out of a revulsion for “works”.
I thought it might be useful to create a compendium of such “do” statements of Jesus, so as to remind us that it is insufficient to simply “believe in” Christ; Christians must obey him and follow his example.
I don’t think, btw, that such a list is necessary for devout Christians—obviously we’re already doing this. “Laissez-faire” Christians, however, might benefit from the reminder.
Here’s my beginning to this list.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” - Luke 6:46
Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.” Matthew 19:8-9
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Jesus replied, " 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother," and 'love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 19:18-19
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21
Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” Matthew 19:28-29
Just the tip of the iceberg. Where else does Jesus exhort us to do something?