I also gained understanding on the concept of faith and works, (bible says faith without works is dead and the same for works without faith). There is often a tension...how much do we trust God and how much do we do, what is God's part and what is our part???
I am calling it relational faith and works - faith and works existing around the person of God, in the context of our relating with him instead of having a "faith" in God, sometimes as a general/faceless belief or having works, just some actions from self effort.
Relational faith and works offer such a complete picture of life and function, source and responsibility, gift and ownership and I believe it represents what sharing in life is all about.
So, what am I saying? Let's relate with God, trusting him and being ready to do our part as we share together his life and purposes!!!