What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
This world is full of wonderful things, like my daughter's smile and my son's laugh. However, along with those wonderful things we also have worthless things, like a car without gas, a boat without water, or Rich Mullins favorite useless thing, a screen door on a submarine. James had seen his fair share of useless things like blessings without charity based on faith without works.
Faith is useless unless it's the kind of faith that fills your heart and spills out into our actions. Often we want our faith to fill our hearts and pour out our mouths but faith is not what we claim with our mouths but what we prove through our actions.If faith does not compel us to act then it is not real faith. Real faith desperately wants to be expressed in some physical form. So let's let real faith overflow our hearts and spill out into our actions.