"What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds." - James 2:14-18
I have faith. I can say that with ease. I can read the bible and see a particular verse and say to myself, "Wow! That was really good."
But what about all the things I read in God's Word that I think are really profound? Is it just a great read or should it be something more?
"Love your neighbor." It's a great verse. And it's a lovely idea. It's nice to think about if everyone loved their neighbor. What a great “what if” situation, but that is all it will be unless people actually put it into action.
The same with my faith; I can say I have faith, but is it just a lovely idea? Or is it something I can profess by what I do? Doing something is more impacting than just talking about it. My faith will remain a word on a page or just a sound I have uttered unless I do the work to prove my faith. To not only tell others what I believe but confirm it by what I do.