James Ch. 1
As I read today I thought it would be hard to see something fresh. After all I have used the book of James on many occasions to share relevant truths. However, three different verses jumped off the page this morning.
v. 1 – a bond servant is a very humbling greeting to the church. James being a valuable leader in the church starts by saying I am a servant to God. I always find it interesting, in the bible, the leaders we look at as GREAT never considered themselves that way. It calls me to remember humility.
v. 26 – bridling my tongue reflects the effectiveness of my worship. The very thing I live for is worthless if I cannot control my tongue. Every time I speak negativity I lose a sense of worth in my witness. Every time I complain about something I lose. Every time I let bitterness come from my mouth I lose.
The word worthless is a very strong word. Ouch! I don’t want to be worth nothing to God. I desire to be an asset to the kingdom not a liability.
I guess I need to control my tongue!
v. 27 – pure worship comes from helping the powerless. Reaching into the world and giving to someone that cannot give back to you. What’s in it for me? a question that the world has stained me with. I need to get out my spiritual stain remover and do everything I can to be pure and undefiled again.
Well this should be fun. Any thoughts?