“What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:14-19 (KJV)
A thought: “You can believe without doing, but you will not, or cannot do without believing.” What do you think? I got that thought while thinking of the above verses.
There is much thought about “Faith”. Much of what I hear concerning faith is that you must believe, and there is no stipulation as to what you believe or have faith in. My thought I gave is based on the saving faith that comes through Christ Jesus and His death on the cross, His burial, and resurrection.
According to James if we have faith we will do something with it. In this case, the doing is for the glory of God and for the good of our neighbor we might see in need. If we are the true believer, then we will act on our faith and help a brother and/or sister in Christ who is in need of food, clothing, shelter; not just a kind word when we have the means to help.
There are many who claim to believe in Jesus, God; and even the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, but have not given themselves totally to the life of living for Christ. I can practically guarantee that the devil and his demons believe that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again. They know it first hand, but they are not redeemed, neither will they ever be a part of the redeemed of God. That is why James says, “…The devils also believe, and tremble”.
If you have not surrendered your life to Christ Jesus you can believe all you want to, but if you do not act, then you will perish in your sins. Christian, your true faith will lead you to act when you see your neighbor in need; as God gives you the means to do so. When we have the means we had better act on those needs and glorify our God and a Savior Jesus Christ.