James 4 v. 13 – 17
‘Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’
As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.
Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.’
Robbie Williams, in his song, ‘Feel’, says
‘I sit and talk to God – and He just laughs at my plans…’
I recounted yesterday morning how I’d once sought God for the plans
for a particular period of ministry, and rather than give the blueprint, I sensed God call me, again and again, ‘Follow Me’. My plans are futile, and God keeps His cards close to His chest. He invites us to join the adventure of ministry / mission.
‘What is your life?’, James asks, ‘if it’s not to do the Lord’s will?’
Life is nought without Thee, says the hymn-writer. Jesus says, ‘Without me you can do nothing.’
James could have boasted about being a true brother of Jesus.
But we’re reminded that he rather presents himself as a servant of God / Jesus.
What about ourselves – are we too full of ourselves, too caught up in our own plans, that we miss the real adventure of our faith – to discover what God created us to be, and to do, for His greater plan.
Jesus, be the centre,
be my source,
be my light,
Jesus, be the centre,
be my hope,
be my song,
Be the fire in my heart
Be the wind in these sails
Be the reason that I live
All posts in The Letter Of James
- Finally, a reminder of our mission…seeking the lost, bringing them home
- Prayer works…but how?
- A call to prayer and to praise
- Watch out, the Lord’s coming is near!
- Time to stop exploiting…
- What is your life? No longer our own, but Yours, Lord.
- He will draw near to you…and will lift you up
- Even more grace, freely given
- Understanding our quarrels
- Wisdom from heaven to tame the tongue (and heart)
- Our words, powerful for good or ill
- An inactive faith is a dead faith
- The root of our salvation is by faith, the fruit of our salvation is by works
- Mercy triumphs over judgement (but without judgement, we don’t fully grasp mercy)
- All are equal, all are one…let’s live it out
- Hearing the Word, and acting upon it…
- Father God gives good and perfect gifts
- Heavenly riches (crowns of life) and earthly poverty
- In need of wisdom? You only have to ask…
- Introducing Bible Month – the letter of James (i)