Heart of a Servant

Introduction to the book of James

Welcome to my next attempt at sharing some reflection and bible study, this time in the book of James.  To be honest, I am not sure why the Lord has directed me to come to this book, but I am eager to get into it as I have spent a lot of time studying in James through the years..  I also must admit that the last thirteen months working through the Psalms has ministered to me in a very profound way.   Doing he Psalms study in conjunction with my recovery from my twin stem cell transplants was a wonderful experience, and I thank the Lord for taking me through that.  I expect that the Psalms experience will often give me a renewed perspective to the words of James.

I am not sure yet exactly how I will work through this book, so I am gong to start out a verse at a time and each post will go until I feel a good stopping point has been reached.  One thing I want to try and avoid is have posts that are too long.  I feel many of the Psalms posts were quite lengthy, as I ignored word count.  I will attempt to keep these at a more readable length, but will not stop just to be stopping.  Once the Spirit gets hold of me, I just write.  That will continue.

I welcome your comments throughout this study.  I pray the Lord ministers to you through the words He gives me, and I enjoy reading your thoughts as well.  Whether you agree or disagree, please leave your thoughts. I love a good conversation!  Now , let’s begin:

James 1:1 KJVGa

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

It s widely accepted that the James who wrote this book is not James the son of Zebedee, who was a disciple of Jesus while He walked this earth.  Rather, it is the half brother of Jesus named James who became a Christian after the resurrection.  When Paul started His ministry, James was one of the first people to greet him (Galatians 1:19).  James had become a leader in the church in Jerusalem and was one of the first to accept Paul’s ministry as authentic.  He also worked extensively with Peter once Peter was released from prison and became a pillar of the early church (Gal 2:9).  This letter was written between 45 and 48 AD t the Jerusalem council, so it is written to a Jewish Christian audience.  That is why he says in the first verse to the twelve tribes.

James considers himself a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  A simple definition of servant is one who performs duties for another.  As I look at that definition, I have to ask myself “What duties do I perform for my God and my Savior?” I lead worship at my local church,  write a few blogs that I hope express His spirit to all of you, mentor a young evangelist in Nigeria, and I am an encouragement to many others.   I am a loving father and husband who does his best to help his family follow God more closely.  Sounds like a decent list to me.   But what does God think?  What does Jesus think?  I like to think they are pleased, and I am quite sure they are, but how much more could I do, or should I do?  I think these are questions we all ask ourselves.

To me the real question is how hard I am listening  Am I hearing God when He asks me to speak to someone about His Son?  Am I hearing Jesus when He wants me to help a friend out of a jam and I seem to be ignoring the situation?  Am I hearing God when He tells me not to worry or fret about what is going on around me, but instead I try to figure things out myself and become impatient?  Am I listening when Jesus tells me to pray for that person in the wheelchair at Walmart, but I am too busy to hear His voice?  How often do I get too busy to listen?

A good servant always listens for his master’s voice,  He makes sure he hears exactly what the master wants and then sets out to accomplish the task without hesitation.  He does not question his (or her, sorry ladies) master.  He does not sit and wonder if he should do it or not.   He knows his masters voice and does the bidding of his master.  He/she does not worry about what others may think of him.  Once he is told the task, he does it.  Simple.

I want to be that kind of servant for the Lord and for God.  I want to hear Him every time He speaks to me, and I want to be willing to do whatever He asks me to do.  I wrote a short chorus not to long ago that says it this way:

Wherever you want me to go, I’ll go
Whatever you ask me to do, I’ll do
Whatever you ask me to say, I’ll say
Whatever you want me to give , I’ll give
However you want me to live I’ll live
Whoever you want me to love, II’ll love

Because I am yours, all yours
I have given all my heart and soul to you
Eternally yours, all yours
Help me live my life to glorify your name

That is my prayer, not only for myself, but for you as well.

Be blessed!

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Heart of a Servant

  1. davidallport

    As I read I’m reminded of that great Jesus music song called I am a servant it was performed by Honeytree but I believe Randy Stonehill wrote it take a listen sometime my friend it’s great music for the Lord and so is your writing it’s great writing for the Lord and I for one am encouraged by it please write on my friend and may we both be better hearers and doers of the will of God!

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  2. SR

    Great post Pete, and I loved what you said regarding, “The lady in the wheelchair at Walmart.” There have been times I have offered up prayers in stores for those I see in this situation, and then there have been times, just too much in a hurry. This reminded me not to ever be in that big of a “hurry.”

    As far as being a “good servant” I would like to offer a prayer I pray which helps me so much when my “too busy moments come,” or if I am hurt etc.. if you do not mind. I think this is the ultimate goal for myself. It is by St. Francis of Assisi.

    “Lord make me an instrument of your peace.
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
    Where there is injury pardon.
    Where there is friction, let me sow union.
    Where there is error, let me sow truth.
    Where there is despair, let me sow hope.
    Where there is darkness, let me sow light.
    Where there is sadness, let me sow joy.”

    “O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love.
    For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. It is in dying that we are born into eternal life.”

    Just thought you might like. God Bless, SR

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  3. Path Without End

    Hey I finally found the first article on James and hope to eventually read them all. Isn’t that a great place to start? Reminding us we have become imitators of Christ! Watchman Nee teaches that the blood of Christ is for the forgiveness of our sins, but we still have that ugly “sin nature” to contend with. He teaches it is the “CROSS”, that is God’s answer for the sinful nature in our flesh. The blood, and the cross, working together. Wow. I am crucified with Christ, never the less I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. Amen! I’ll be reading more soon.

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    1. Pete Post author

      Gal 2:20. Powerful words. Yes, the cross is what we turn to because it signifies death to sin. What a great mercy God bestowed on us!

      I hope you enjoy the James study. I sure did! Learned so much putting it together.

      Be blessed

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