‘James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.’
I remember a while back, we were studying the book of James in bible study and it was really interesting. You guys should study it too. If you need an outline, send a mail to email@example.com and I’ll get back to you. What I actually wanted to talk about today is chapter 1 verse 1 – Just two things though.
The first about being a servant and the second is about knowing who you are.
So let’s get started – Its pretty short and quick! Who is a servant? A servant is a person employed to perform duties for others, especially in a house on domestic duties or as a personal attendant. Now, James being a servant of God means that he’s sold out to God. One statement I heard today that really amazed me is ‘The servant’s work is not the work of provision’. In our walk with God, we seem fine with Christ being our Savior but can’t comprehend the Lord part of it. As Lord, he’s our master and we need not worry about certain details. The servant works and does his part while the master provides for the house – the servant doesn’t have to worry about security or feeding if that is not his job description. It basically means that if he remains a good and faithful servant, he needs not worry about his master rewarding him. Since you asked Christ to be your Lord and Savior, have you let him be your Lord?
Reflect again – Can you describe yourself in just 10 words? It might seem small but ten words is a lot of space to describe yourself. What exactly do you stand for? How exactly do people see you? James could summarize himself in just 10 words – ‘A servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ’. Who are you?
I found this among the archives in my laptop and just knew I had to share it. I hope everyone’s been good though. January’s practically over … Time flies! Anyway be sure to check out Beneath the Smile, a project by a friend of mine and enjoy this piece.
Wow! It was some flood in Lagos on Sunday July 10th 2011 going into the week. It was not just rain that fell, it was a storm. Some people called it a hurricane … Thank God for blessed Nigeria. The only natural disaster we have is flood. And even at that, that weekend we had a glimpse of the true meaning of the world natural disaster. The Atlantic ocean was apparently overflowing … How sick is that? Anyway that’s beside the point.
What I wanted to bring to our attention is how the devil comes to work in our minds. We know the truth but sometimes we feel safer letting the devil take over our minds in the name of logical reasoning forgetting that our God is a supernatural God – He defies natural laws!!! During the rain storm that Sunday, naturally fear crept into my mind but I reminded myself of 2 Tim 1:7 and kept repeating it ‘He has not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love and of a sound mind’ and after a while I felt better. A while later, another thought popped into my head, because with all the end time signs rampant, one cannot help but think rapture is tomorrow, that the world may just end like in Noah’s time. There was probably an ark somewhere. On a normal day I’ll take this as the product of an overactive imagination but when this thought brought fear into my mind again, I knew then and there that the devil was at work – and I had to occupy my mind. First of all I assured myself that it definitely was not a repeat of the days of Noah because God made a promise then and He’s not man that He should lie neither is He the Son of man that He should repent. He’s the same God yesterday, today and forever. Therefore it could not be a repeat Noah performance.
Basically, the devil attacks us mostly through our minds, our thoughts. Many people lost their lives in that flood, some of whom won’t have known Jesus. Be a living witness wherever you are, wherever you go. Tomorrow just might be too late for that sister down the road or the brother next door. And we have to know God’s word because Satan knows it too. He can use the bible against us like he tried to do after Jesus’ 40 days fasting.
Anyway, the main message I want to pass across is always be ALERT! Because he comes to steal, kill and destroy so always be on your guard!
Hi everyone! This is our last 2012 quickie …
I don’t need to say much. Love somebody – Somebody needs you , You could be the one to love. Choose also to love through next year. Its the greatest weapon ever! Happy new year in advance 🙂