March 12, 2017
Worldliness versus Godliness
The Book of James tells us to put into practice what God is teaching. James was blunt and to the point but only because he cared. Society, in James' times, bears more than ever before, a great resemblance to today's society. James is not writing to the non-believers but to the faithful followers of Jesus. He is writing to the faithful but flawed - just like us, as we too are faithful but flawed. We want it all and we want it now. Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Yes, we are called to get alongside our friends and neighbours where they are at and therefore it is hard to be for the world and yet not of the world. We can look the part and play the part but under the surface there is little or nothing of a Christian nature. God opposes the greedy and selfish but shows grace and favour to the humble. Are we sitting back and waiting for the Lord to do His thing rather than rouse ourselves to repentance and confirm our obedience to love and serve the Lord? Christian life is about Christ being put first and self last. Humble ourselves before God and He will lift us up. We cannot appreciate how good the Good News is until we can get a grip of how bad the bad news is. James is blunt and to the point because he cares. The Holy Spirit is still talking to us today giving us the same message through this historical documentation - He is still blunt but only because He cares. Are we listening?
Duration: 19 mins 40 secs