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 what I do.
“I can fly by flapping my arms really fast. I’ve never tried it and I have no desire to prove it, but I’m sure of this.” Just as this statement is ridiculous, so is faith without evidence to back it up.
Many people get confused about faith and deeds but it is really simple. Deeds are of no value themselves. We can’t follow the law perfectly and that is the end of our deeds. But deeds are evidence of our faith.
A person can say that they have faith all they want. When a situation comes where faith is required, that is the true test of whether they have faith. This is where deeds come in. Will their deeds back up their faith or will their deeds show that their faith is in their own ability and that of other people.
When it comes to finances, do we give to God first and then trust Him to supply our needs, or do we make sure our needs are met before giving? These deeds are evidence of our faith. We can talk all that we want, but do our deeds reflect where our faith lies?
Essentially, James is saying, “Sure, you talk the talk, but do you also walk the walk?” True faith is lived, not just talked about. It is expressed in deeds, not words.