Is there any way that the inside of a man can be radically transformed by the saving grace of the omnipotent Creator of all things and not have it lap over the edges of his heart, and infect every area of his life? Our Lord’s brother, James, emphatically answers “NO!” James 1:27 and 2:14-17 tells us that the growing realization of the grace of God should always propel us upward and outward. We should “naturally” begin to serve others as God reconstructs His image within us. The problem enters when we spend an inordinate amount of time & focus on what we must do for the kingdom and too little focus on the King. This focus has rendered many well meaning saints dry, powerless, bewildered and disillusioned. The gospel calls us to set our focus on the King, and by doing so the grace of God overflows out of our hearts in to everyday service to others. The fuel for service is by having a heavenward gaze on God and His amazing grace toward us, not on what we must do.
Great blog post by Tullian Tchividjian on this topic is here.