Bible Reading: James 1.1

James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings. James 1.1

Could you imagine being the earthly brother of Jesus? That was the case for James, but for James it was of most importance to declare that he was a bond-servant of Jesus. What they were in the flesh was not what James purposed to know, but instead beholding Jesus as His Lord and God. This is how James begins this full and rich greeting. He is writing to Jewish Christians that are scattered abroad, as the term twelve tribes indicates. For James though, he viewed Jewish and Gentile Christians as being one in the Lord and therefore making this writing for all those who were fellow servants of the Lord. He wrote to them in this letter concerning how they shall live as servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us truly understand what it means to be a bond-servant of Jesus and literally His slave, as we continue to grow in being and making disciples. It was what Paul, Peter, Jude and John also referred themselves to as they begin their letters. It described their relationship with Jesus, as they viewed such a position with privilege and honor. When they were redeemed by Jesus, the shackles of sin and death fell to the ground and they gladly became yoked with Him. They truly lived as those who had lost all their rights and possessions to follow Jesus. It was no longer about their will, but the will of their Master Jesus. What if we lived that way? What if we followed Jesus with the same abandonment? So, may we say with our lips and lives, as James and the other apostles did that we are slaves of Jesus in 2017.

Weekly Memory Verse: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28.19-20