“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.”James 2:14-17
Peace and good to all.
If I may share my thoughts on the above Bible passage.
Jesus wants us to live in His likeness. Remember the miracle of the multiplication? When instead of sending away the many people because they have nothing to eat, Jesus insisted that they be fed and the little food that they have be shared to everyone. And, so the miracle of sharing has fed the multitude.
There Jesus showed to His disciples the secret of abundance. And, this is what the above verse is also telling us. That, it is only in giving that we will truly have. For until then we are merely in possession of material objects and not their owners. Actually we are possessed by these earthly things. But if we have the freedom to give and share them to others, then we are the owners not the owned. Nobody is so poor he has nothing to give, and nobody is so rich he has nothing to receive.
What does it profit for a man who says he believes in Jesus but does not even help a brother who is in need, or does not do anything when asked for help? What good does it give for a man who professes faith in Jesus but does not apply the teachings of Christ but rather continue to hold on to his wealth and fails to lend a helping hand to someone in need ? Let’s ask ourselves to consider what it profits us if we fail to put our faith to work. Whenever we fail to put our faith to work when faced with a need, remember God sees us.