God’s Word Says…
James 1:1, “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.” (NIV)
James, the brother of Jesus, was writing to scattered groups of Christians during a time of great persecution. His purpose was to encourage these groups to hang onto their faith during difficult times. This letter was written around 50 C.E.
Now, nearly 2,000 years later, we are still learning, still gaining encouragement from James’ practical, straight-talking advice. He tells us to persevere through trials, because trials build our faith. He tells us to ask God for wisdom, and God will generously give it to us. He teaches us to avoid favoritism, to control our tongues, to do good whenever we are able. James’ simple act of penning an encouraging letter has exercised influence for centuries and has served to build up countless members of the body of Christ. We never know how far- reaching our service for Christ will be!
As we read James’ timeless words of wisdom, we must ask ourselves: “What am I doing for Christ? What legacy am I leaving behind for my children and grandchildren? Whether it is a letter, or long conversations about God’s goodness, or simply bringing our faith to life through our actions, we must not neglect the future generations. Their future faith is closely intertwined with ours. We, like James, must take responsibility and pass the torch to them.
Cream and Sugar…
Name three people you can talk to today and tell how God has made a difference in your life:
Thank you for the men and women who have served you throughout the ages, so that I could know You and serve You better today. Please use my life to encourage others in their relationships with You.
The Second Cup…
Deuteronomy 6:6–7, “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Acts 15:13, “When they finished, James spoke up: ‘Brothers, listen to me.’”
Acts 15:23, “With them they sent the following letter: ‘The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Greetings.’”
The Last Drop…
“What we practice, not (save at rare intervals) what we preach, is usually our great contribution to the conversion of others.”
—C. S. LEWIS
This excerpt is taken from Morning Coffee with James by bestselling author Renae Brumbaugh Green. Renae lives in Smalltown, Texas (not a real place) with her handsome, country-boy husband, nearly-perfect children, and far too many animals. Check out more of her work at her Amazon page.