Make Me a Servant
Verse 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
Now that we understand our need for a tune up let’s look at the topic of what James called Jesus that we brought up a couple of days ago.
After saying he is a servant of God, James adds his half-brother but not mentioning their relationship. Instead he does something that a brother wouldn’t normally do, he said he was Jesus’ servant and then used two titles for Jesus – Lord and Christ.
First let’s talk a little about the fact that James saw himself as a servant of God. Servanthood is something that is spurned in our world but James willingly takes the title for himself when in relationship to God and Jesus. He knows his place in the relationship and is not going to pretend that he has a higher status than he does.
Being a servant to God and Jesus should be something that we all choose. And it is something that we have to be serious about if we are going to make the decision. James knew what it meant. He had watched as those close to Jesus had experienced rejection from leaders, being made fun of and told they were crazy (let’s face it James had done a bit of that himself with Jesus – John 7:3-4).
Jesus had warned His followers that they would get no greater treatment than He had. Yet, this is the very thing that James is saying that he signed up for. He knew what had happened to Jesus. He knew what he was signing up for and he was doing it willingly out of his love and devotion to Jesus.
James, Paul and other New Testament writers weren’t the only ones that knew the importance of becoming a servant to Jesus. The early Church was filled with believers that were willing to serve no matter the cost. James says he is writing this to the believers that are scattered, these were others that chose to serve God and Jesus as humble servants no matter what that meant for their lives.
Making It Personal
Do you think of yourself as a servant of Christ? Would your life show that it is true? In what areas of your life are you not serving God?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to be a servant of Jesus? Do you serve Jesus? What are some ways that you serve Jesus?
Father, we confess the times that we haven’t lived in servanthood to You. Help us learn what it means to serve You fully. In Jesus’ name, amen.