James 2:21-23 NKJV
Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. And he was called the friend of God.
Faith and actions are inseparably linked. In James 2:21-23, the believer is reminded that Abraham was told by God to go to the land that I will show you. He had to perform an action. His final test of faith was when God asked him to offer on the altar his only son Isaac. The book of James is patterned after the call to holiness.
Leviticus 19:1-2 NKJV
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.
The book of James, as well as Leviticus 19, describes how to live a holy life based in faith. Trust and obedience in every walk of life are also always linked. Therefore Abraham, the example of Faith and trust, glorified the name of the Lord by being obedient in offering his son. It was Abraham’s faith in God that led to the righteous actions, and by the actions the faith was made complete. It is for this reason James 2:24 NIV reads: “You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.” Faith leading to action, has always been the mode by which an individual proves and strengthens their faith.