I believe Jesus is the Son of God. I believe He died for me. I believe He is the perfect sacrifice for my sin.
So I have faith. But such faith is not enough.
“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17).
Unless my faith does something, it is dead — worthless to me, worthless to God.
One of faith’s first works is surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus.
Thus faith says to Jesus, “I will do whatever You say. From now on, You are the Boss.”
“So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead in itself” (James 2:17, Reina-Valera 1960, my translation).
Otherwise, faith isn’t faith. It’s just a dead thing.
I cannot separate my faith from my works without killing my faith!