But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.- James 2:18 (ESV)
Could we have works without faith?
How about faith without works?
James, the brother of the Lord, wrote that he could show you my faith by my works. He shares something profound with the believers of his own time as well as something prophetic for those of our times. He threw out some realism on faith and works. Of course, the entire epistle is like a tenth round uppercut. It hits home.
Got faith? Where are your works? Stop talking and theorizing about the depths of your faith. Do something. Demonstrate your faith. Aren’t those the examples that James used? He attacked social inequity and so-called faithful efforts such as prying for the poor rather than clothing and feeding the poor. Praying for a poor and freezing brother can be done after you have provided for him. Love your neighbor. If your love doesn’t extend beyond your lips, what good is it? Is it really love?
Show your works. Show your faith through your works. Don’t just speak about it. Do something about it.