What would it take for you to believe your brother was God? He would have to come back from the dead. James who wrote the book of James was Jesus brother. I can only imagine the conversation when he was in trouble…
Mary: “James, what do you be more like Jesus.”
James: “Mom, why don’t you be more like Jesus”
James did not believe Jesus was anything more than a rule following brother until after the resurrection. But after, he was a great church leader for the church of Jerusalem.
James 4:4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Of any word to describe your relationship with God, many of us would hope enemy would not be in the word description. Here we see that when we want to be a friend of the world we MAKE OURSELVES an enemy of God. Wow! What strong language! This led me to the question what does it mean to be a friend of the world?
I have learned through reading Proverbs everyday for years, that being a friend of the world has to do with adopting the way the world thinks, acts, and sees the world. It is when we look for permission to sin or totally disregard God’s ways that we make ourselves a friend of the world. Being a student pastor I see it every day. We are who our friends are. We wear their clothes, share their values, and led similar lives. We can’t be the exception to the rule, we simply are the rule.
James 4:7 “God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
So today I ask you where are you living as friends of this world walking in pride like you got this, or on your face before your God asking for his blessing, favor, and direction in your life with full intention of walking in obedience to God’s plan for your life? It is your choice everyday. How do you want your relationship with Jesus to look?
Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus