You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

James talks about how faith is something that calls us into action.  Faith is not having a knowledge of God, but it is the trusting what we have heard about God.  James makes the point that when we truly believe in who God is, our lives will follow in a manner that is consistent with that.

I don't think that James says this so that we do more "Christian" things.  It is important to see that James simply is explaining the logical flow of faith as I would call it.  When we have faith, our lives reflect that.  The order goes revelation then application.  We are revealed who God is, then it applies that to our lives if we believe it.  The reverse order does not hold water.

For our lives, I believe that is important that we ask God to reveal His ways, but when that revelation comes, it should encourage us to conduct ourselves in whatever that calls us to.  If we believe that God is really in control, then we can boldly approach God with all of our anxieties and fears.

God, I pray that You would continue to show me who You are, and that I would have the faith to believe that it is true.  Thank You that You are a good God, and allow me to see that in my life. Amen.

- Daniel Bailey