"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up."
Reflecting upon years of ministry at home and abroad, I'm painfully reminded of the times of conflict within the family of God. If only those hours of clashing could have been put into productive ministry! James speaks pointedly to our behavior. He reminds us as Christians that when we are ruled by our desires and practice improper methods to get what we want, we shatter relationships within God's family and bring disgrace to the name of Jesus.
Verse 4 uses strong metaphorical descriptions of spiritual unfaithfulness. James urges us to turn away from our friendship with the world and instead submit, draw near, and humble ourselves. Submitting to God (v. 7) means lining ourselves up under Him. Drawing near to God (v. 8) is pursuing an intimate love relationship with Him. Humbling ourselves before the Lord (v. 10) means making ourselves low so that Christ is lifted up.
Could you trade your friendship with the world and humbly kneel before the One who loves you and gave His life for you? Trust Jesus to show you how.
BY GOD'S GRACE WE MUST STRIVE TO LIVE WHOLEHEARTEDLY TODAY, SO THAT WE CAN SERVE HIM FAITHFULLY TOMORROW.
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