Christian Tight Rope Walkers
Verse 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
We take one more day to talk about what James had to say about the tongue and the way a Christian should be using it.
We have talked about the ways we bless others with our tongues and how we destroy them. We have talked about praising God and gossiping about others. We have discussed how we can use our tongues for good and how we can use them for bad. We have talked about how Jesus said that our words reflect the condition of our heart. All of these remind us how easy it is to slip back into allowing our tongue to rule in the way of the world.
James uses our key verse to remind us that just as our actions reveal the truth with our relationship with Christ, so do our words or lack thereof. If we are serious about our relationship with Christ, this should concern us. We should be bothered by the very thought that we are not living and speaking in the way that He calls us to live.
James has been writing this whole letter with the desire to have the believers up their faith game. They needed to understand that the complacency that was tempting them was not acceptable for a true believer. We need to remember the same thing. While it is easier to live in a way that skirts the solid life of faith we are only flirting with the danger of walking outside of God’s commands.
Jesus didn’t tell His followers to walk as close to the world as they could so that they would fit it. He didn’t tell them to blend in. In fact, He told them that they would be ridiculed and worse for living in a way that didn’t fit in with the world. He was making sure that they understood that living a life of faith is not easy.
Many of us probably heard as children that anything worth doing was worth doing well. Living a life of faith is no different. We need to accept what James has been teaching us and look at what the fruit of our life is saying about our faith. Are we bearing good or rotten fruit?
Making It Personal
How serious are you about your faith walk? Do you tiptoe along the line of the world? What holds you back from being fully surrendered to living for Christ no matter what people think?
Making It Personal Kids
How do you know if your attitude is bad? What is spiritual fruit? Does Jesus want you to have bad spiritual fruit in your life?
Father, we confess the times that we have not shown love for You as much as we have for the world. Help us know how to cultivate good fruit in our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.