At STORYCHURCH in Durham NC we are going through the book of James. We decided it would be a summer long series dedicated to James’s point of view. James’s writings have been life changing and increased how we see each other and God. For me personally it has been eye-opening experience and has strengthened my walk with God. You can check out review 1 , review 2 , and review 3 to catch up on this series.
This is the final review from this amazing series on the book of James. I must say the experience of this series has been life changing and a challenge to my way of life. I feel I have grown as a person and ready to do what I can to help make this world a better place.
Week 8 By Jeremy Copeland
“You life is a mist, refresh someone”. This week James shifts his way of writing. Before he has been more encouraging to the people and giving them wisdom to be better. In chapter 4 and 5 he is talking to the people who have the resources. Basically the people with wealth. Lets define wealth he is talking about. Not just Bill Gates wealth but having something that others do not have. Only 8% of the people in the world have a car. That’s crazy statistics right? So if you are blessed to have a vehicle then you are by most people’s accounts wealthy.
James 4:14 he talks about our life being like a mist. That we are here in just a moment in time. That a mist appears then disappears very shortly. That our lives are here just a moment in the grand scheme of time. But during this time most of us focus on gaining wealth and stature. But what James is saying we need to share this wealth. The whole idea and theme of the bible is to help the poor. What did Jesus do over and over? He helped the poor and desperate.
Leviticus 19:9-10 talks about harvesting the fields and not to pick up the whats left behind for ourselves. Rather leave it for the desperate and poor. We need to do something in our lives that matters to others. We have opportunities all around us in our communities to help the poor.
In short, make your brief life count and give of yourself to others so we can help the less fortunate.
Week 9 By Jeremy Copeland
Lets talk about waiting. Waiting is one of the hardest things we can do. Most people see waiting as doing nothing. But James looks at waiting differently. James 5 he talks about actively waiting on Jesus.
In James 5:7 an example of a farmer waiting on the rain so his crops can grow. The wait is necessary but good that the outcome of our waiting will benefit us. He uses this example as us waiting on Jesus’s return to us. That we can endure with patients, we will have a great reward.
There are 3 things we can do while we are waiting that can benefit us and others.
1. We need be true
As we wait on the lord we need to be a person of truth. Let our yes be yes and our no be no. Be a person of honor and you will have influence and respect from others.
2. Be a person of prayer
When you pray, believe something will actually happen from that prayer. When life gets rough and waiting is hard go to one who can change our situations
3. Be a restorer
Be a person that makes life easier for others. There are so many hurting people out there. Tell them of your God, so they can have the hope you are blessed with.
These 3 things will have you actively waiting on God.
This completes our review on James. I really hope this has blessed you as it has me. God has a plan for you and is wanting the best from you.
You can actually hear the original podcast and many more by clicking HERE. Also you can look back in this blog to the previous reviews 1, 2, and 3
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