‘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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?