Similar to a regular job, work will not get itself done. That means people have to do the work. Likewise, people sometimes have to complete tasks under difficult circumstances. For instance, a job might need a person to create a 30-minute presentation in one day. This task may sound impossible. A person might have a coworker who swears constantly. Here, work might feel more like a tribulation. But despite such hard times, employers expect employees to still complete their job. This expectation exists with Christian faith. That is to say, despite the circumstances, Christians are expected to be faithful. This faithfulness produces godly actions.
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Still, the apostle James says faith without actions is dead. Therefore, James implicitly says that faith is alive. But how is faith alive? We can answer this question by seeing how faith can be dead. Dead faith, James says, is faith without actions. Therefore, actions are necessary for faith to be alive. Now, we could focus on what such actions are. But for the moment, focusing on faith as action-producing is enough.