James 2:17-18 NIV
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
James 2:17-18 – Message
Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.” Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.
Is it enough to say I believe in something, but do nothing about it? Doesn’t my action based upon my belief actually prove that I believe what I say I believe? For example, if I say I believe in God but do not do the things He would do, is my faith genuine? If you are in need and I have the power to meet that need, but walk away from you and only say I will pray for you, is my faith genuine? True faith always takes action. The works that you do are a manifestation of the faith you have. You can’t have one without the other. Genuine faith produces works. Faith and works show that you are serious about what you indicate you believe.
When I went to get my drivers license a number of years ago I had studied the book and was very confident that I could drive. However, there was a phase two to me being able to acquire my license. I actually had to drive. If I had gone in that day and told the person that I knew all the information and I believed I could drive, but refused to get in the car with him and show him that I could drive, I would not have gotten my license. My learning required action. The action was actually testing. It was proof that what I learned sunk in and that I was able to translate it into practical action while behind the wheel. I realize this is not the perfect example, but I do believe that in our natural lives we understand that believing we can do or believing we know something is not enough, so why would it be enough in our journey of faith? Jesus in Matthew addresses those at the end of their faith journey by their works. They are judged for what they do and do not do, as if it is done or not done directly for him. Action to faith is required.
How does Freda apply this? Evaluate what I say I believe, see if my actions line up. If they don’t, seek for Godly ways to unite the two and glorify Him.