faith without works is dead

Faith Without Works Is Dead – And You Need To Accept It

I watch Dave Ramsey regularly. 

I used to despise Dave Ramsey. Ironically, this was back when I was a dogmatic Christian.

But during that time, I also had a very bad relationship with money—and most of my distaste for Dave Ramsey came from that.

But since leaving my religious views behind, and coming to what I would describe as a better understanding of the world, I’ve been a pretty big fan of Dave Ramsey and his work. 

I feel like he’s one of the few people who are telling us the truth about money. 

Anyway, today I was watching this video: 

And he made a statement that really resonated with me. He was talking about Chris Hogan’s new book, Everyday Millionaire.  

“Belief, and acting on the belief that it can be done, and you have to take the hard steps to cause it to happen, that I’m not going to get a good crop of corn if I don’t plant some freaking corn, that you’re going to reap what you sow, we live in a cause and effect world, that the American dream isn’t dead… the belief in these things is what causes you to become an everyday millionaire.” 

Dave Ramsey

Here’s the thing. 

Dave hit this nail right on the head. And I agree with him 1000%. 

Faith without works is dead actually comes from a verse in the Holy Bible. 

“What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?”   -James 2:14-20

You Need To Believe, But You Also Need To Follow It Up With Action

follow it up with action

You can believe that you’re going to make money. 

But unless you follow this up with action, nothing is going to happen. 

You can believe that you’re going to succeed in the dating market, but unless you take actual action, nothing is going to happen. 

So many people struggle with one or both parts of this equation. 

I know so many people who just struggle along in life, working just enough every day to get by, doing the bare minimum—refusing to believe that they are capable of winning. 

I know so many people who want big things, but who are unwilling to do the work. 

I know so many people who say that winning is hopeless. 

Nobody will ever love me. Why even bother?

Why would I bother to try? It never gets me anywhere. 

The world is so unfair. There’s no reason to try. It’s just going to disappoint me anyway. 

But this mindset is so destructive. 

And if there is one thing that I wish I could get you to understand today, it is that you don’t have to live with this mindset. 

Take it from a man who has literally lost everything in life—who is now believing, working, and succeeding, at making his life the best that it has ever been. 

When You Bring Equal Parts Work And Belief Into The Equation, Things Change For The Better 

I'm working toward a better future

You need belief to make a plan and create hope. If you don’t believe that there is a reason to work, you’re not going to stay motivated. 

You need work so that things happen. In the future, I want to be a highly successful dating coach and expert on human mating behavior. 

But if I don’t put work into making that goal a reality—guess what? It’s not going to happen. 

You need work to develop faith. 

If you’re not working on your goals, do you really believe that they will happen?

If you don’t believe that they will actually happen, are you going to be motivated to work on them?

It is so important to have both if you want to succeed, regardless of what you are trying to accomplish. 

Faith (and/or belief) and works

The Best Way To Start Is To Make A Simple Plan And Get To Work

hardest working man in the room

Make a simple plan. 

This could be something basic, like:

  • Save up $200
  • Get a girl’s number
  • Go on a date with a new guy 
  • Lose 1 pound
  • Run 3 miles
  • Write a blog post
  • Read a new book

The goal doesn’t have to be elaborate or crazy. You can keep it small and simple. 

But perhaps even more importantly, make it a goal that you believe you can achieve. 

Then, start working toward it. 

Dedicate a couple of hours every day toward working on that goal and making it a reality. 

If you’re not sure what to do—that’s ok. 

Start your time by researching different ways to make it happen. 

It isn’t rocket science. 

But as you continue to work on your goals, you will start to combine faith and works in a powerful way. 

And that is the magic formula. 

It is a principle so tried, tested, and proven that it is even spoken about in ancient religious texts. 

It is the same principle being espoused today by the most successful men and women in the world. 

Everywhere you look, wherever you see success, you will see this principle—that faith without works is dead. 

You need both to make it work. 

In Conclusion

Hopefully, this post gave you some encouragement to believe in what you are doing and to match that belief up with some hard worth and effort. 

Succeeding at anything is a challenge. 

But success is worth the fight. 

Trust me. 

Don’t give up hope. Do your thing, excel, and win. 

Go with grace, my friends. And never give up your power. 

Until next time…

Joshua K. Sigafus

Joshua Sigafus Consulting


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