I love when somebody stops me at church and talks about the blog. Especially when it leads to a good observation like: This book is way too practical, there is not much that you can get around when it comes to interpretation.
7-10 So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.
James calls us out for the games we play, for the back and forth, for walking the thin line between our own self-centered lives and surrendering fully to God. The encounter of God, is about changing, is about rebuilding the brokenness that rules us from birth and keeps us anchored in a cycle of self indulgence and destruction. That encounter is about the realization that there is a hope for each and everyone, that encounter is about emptying one self, and making a decision to mature.
So today we are challenged to do a quick review of our lives, draw that line in the sand and take a step towards being a mature christian. Sometimes that requires a little more work than we would like to do, and maybe even a challenge to reach out and get some help. It might start with a prayer or talking to somebody that walk that road before you.
I pray that today can be that day when each one of us can encounter God in a new way.