James 2:26- “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
Does this mean that we are saved by our works or by our faith? Are they related to each other? If so, how?
The Bible makes it very clear that we are righteous before God only if we believe that Jesus Christ took our punishment and destroyed sin’s power. But according to James, faith requires action to prove the faith.
James uses a perfect example to support his idea. He says, “How can you just tell someone who’s hungry to be warmed and filled and not actually give them what you said?” It only becomes true faith when the works prove the faith.
How Christians Prove Their Faith
When we become a Christian, our entire attitude changes, because our faith has changed. We start to lay off all the old things we used to think were interesting, and we rather find our joy in the Lord Jesus. We kill sin in our lives, because we believe that Christ has destroyed the power of sin. We do this because we believe that we don’t need to live in sin’s powerful grip anymore and so can now live a free life with much more joy. But it requires both faith and works.
Why does this work? How does this work? If someone wants to get rid of sin in their lives, they first need to pray, asking God to help them out of the sin and to provide them with the strength to do it. Then they need to believe that what they’ve asked for will be given- (Matthew 7:7-8). After that they need to quit the sin, still believing that God is destroying the sin in their lives for them. Only then will they get victory, because then man doesn’t get the glory: God gets the glory because He did the work in us when we acted in faith.
Faith and Prayer
Whenever we pray, God answers the prayer only when we have faith and if it’s according to His will. James 1:6-7 says, “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.”
God gives only to those with faith. But James also makes it very clear that without any works proving our faith, our faith is actually dead. This means that whenever we do anything, it must be done out of faith. Whenever we pray, we must also do what we’ve prayed. If we go do what we prayed, we are already acting in faith that God will provide whatever will be needed for what we are going to do.
Then when the work or action is completed, God gets the glory because He was the one who answered our prayer and helped us. We can never do anything without God. But God is glorified when we believe in His power and act in His power.
Whenever we pray or ask anything according to the will of God, our faith is proven when we actually go and do what we’ve prayed. It is only considered true faith whenever we act out what we’ve asked in faith.
God is glorified when we believe in His power and then go act in His power. If we then go thank Him for what He has done for us and don’t take any credit for ourselves, God is glorified and many others will see it and also praise Him.
Trust in God with everything you do and walk through this life with faith.