My husband and I are partners together in property management. He makes sure the properties are maintained, handles the move-in and move-out preparations, coordinates the contractors as needed, and all the physical involvement. I take care of the clerical side by, collecting payments and keeping track of who’ve paid, preparing and having signed leases and renewals, insurance, and banking. We work together hand in hand. He couldn’t manage very well without me and I couldn’t manage very well without him. It takes both of us to show a profit. The Christian walk is similar to our working relationship. As a comparison, I would be the faith side of the relationship because you don’t see what I do, and my husband the works side of the relationship because what he does is seen by everyone. If you love Jesus and have faith that He is who He says He is, others will be able to see it by what pours out of you. Your faith together with your works will reveal itself as a profit for the Lord. They work together hand in hand.
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. James 2:17-18