Final thoughts on James…
Begins and ends with faith…
The book of James takes us on a journey through the tapestry of a Christian’s walk. Unsurprisingly, James begins and ends with faith. For the Christian, faith is what separates us from the world. It’s what grants us power and understanding not found in the world. It is our faith in Christ that ushers us into the presence of God and saves us for eternity. And so, James goes to great lengths to show us the importance of faith and what it looks like in the life of a Christian.
In beginning with faith, James attempts to show us the role that faith plays in our lives. Faith in Christ is not simply a list of religious duties or a mantra that is repeated in one’s mind and heart. Faith in Christ is something completely different. It is a total trust in the relationship established with almighty God. A trust that exposes the hidden places in the human heart and allows them to be changed. Faith in Christ exposes the true conditions of our hearts and transforms them from dark to light.
Because this faith in Christ changes us if we totally surrender to Him “with no doubting (1:6),” our outward actions are changed as well. We no longer accuse God of tempting us (1:13-18). We no longer are satisfied with knowing about God’s word, but we are eager to put it into practice (1:19-27, 2:14-26). We love everyone without showing partiality (2:1-13). We surrender what we say and how we say things to the Lord for his glory (3:1-12). And finally, we choose the things of God over the things of this world (4:1-12).
We allow these things to be changed within us because we have found relationship with our Heavenly Father. We allow ourselves to be changed so that He may be glorified in us. We allow worthless things to be sacrificed for the sake of His name instead of holding on so that we can deceive ourselves into believing we’re fine on our own.
The Father desires to use us, but instead of putting all of our faith in Him, we choose to put our faith in our own strength. Sometimes we put our faith in popularity, intelligence, abilities and gifts, or in other people. Anytime we put our faith in something other than Christ, we are setting up idols made with our own hands or ideas. The Lord is calling us back to Him, that we may be used by Him and for His glory. Get into the Word and find out what it looks like to put complete faith in Him. I love y’all more than you know. Grace and peace,