One of the greatest possessions anyone can have is their faith. I’d even go as far as to say that if a person loses everything, but their faith, it is possible they can get everything back that they’ve lost. Faith is arguably one of the most talked about topics in churches worldwide, and even non-church going people tap into this thing called faith. It is the key to everything thats possible. But as much as we stress having faith, there is an equal part to it that holds just as much weight, and that part is action, or as the bible calls it “works.”
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:26) The spirit is the life of the body, and work is the life of your faith. I am guilty of spending a good portion of my own life wishing and hoping and praying without any action to go with it. It’s no wonder I wasn’t seeing any results. I actually had to do something. To work! As obvious as this seems, there are people who only see the believing side as enough. Hoping for a job without filling out an application is faith without works. The same is true for wanting to learn how to read without picking up a book or anything else that applies.
As much as having faith for what you want but don’t yet see is great, the work part is just as essential. Scripture tells us about all those during that time who worked while having faith (Hebrews 11:17-32). James chapter 2:14 to the end breaks down completely the absurdity of faith without works, and the necessity of faith with works. Everything requires an action. Much like “taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – MLK Show your faith, by your work (James 2:18).
By: Shenelle Wallace