For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Faith is the body of our relationship with Jesus but our works are the breath that gives that body life and movement.
Jesus was born into a human body but He had to perform and complete certain works before our redemption was complete. Jesus being born into a human body was not enough to redeem me. He also had to complete certain works, i.e. death, burial and resurrection. Jesus was able to successfully navigate through death, burial and resurrection because of His complete faith in His heavenly Father. So Jesus’ faith and works combined gave birth to my redemption.
James also said in chapter 4 and verse 3, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” What if we started combining our faith and works for the purpose of doing the Father’s will and sharing His love for the world to benefit others and not for the purpose of consuming it upon our own lusts to make us appear successful and spiritual?
John 3:16 – 17, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
The Father’s purpose in sending His Son was to share His love and save us. His purpose was not to gain something that He could consume upon His own lust. See we really don’t mind sacrificing and sharing the love of God as long as it helps us to gain ground and be seen as a righteous one who has the answers and helps others. What if our works result in our betrayal and crucifixion as it did for Jesus?
Yes faith is completely necessary but it is an empty house unless it is filled with and made alive by our doing the works of God. I think maybe that could describe a lot of the church world today. The church world has become a spectator sport in many places where the believers come and watch that weeks performance but there is not any actual worship going up from the congregants.
What an impact we could have upon this world if we would combine our faith with the works of God!