Running in the Groove of Humility
“…the essence of faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen. Our walk of faith is blind since it is not of sight yet we are not dumb… for to trust in the perfection of God’s promises is as sure as it gets in this life or the next.
Our weaknesses of faith expose our frailties and remind us of our utter need for encouragement, strengthening and continued grace.
Once again James is calling us to walk by faith. He is reminding us that if we claim Christ, we must show the fruit of righteousness in how we live by sowing peace lest our profession of faith be like a miner’s loot before a gold rush committee where our baskets come up short… where we find only fool’s gold rather than the pureness of Christ’s glory.
It is at this checkpoint that James’ pen cuts through the rhetoric and ritual panting and confronts us face to face at where we live and sometimes hibernate. He speaks about commitment to fidelity before God for the natural outpouring of our new hearts should show us to be enemies with the world… not with God!
Our enemy is clearly marked. Our battle is a fight against our own weak flesh and even though they know their doom is sure, with the constant presence of the rulers and authorities and powers of this dark place, the spiritual forces of wickedness …
Their thinking and propagandized pseudo-wisdom has no place in our thoughts or manner of life since the world’s system has an allegiance to its own father who is not in heaven, but who is rather the devil himself. As Manton tells us, “When you begin to please the world you wage war against heaven, and bid open defiance to the Lord of Hosts.”
What is interesting is that when we fix worldly ends in our sights, we will put up with hard work but are impatient with hindrances and disappointments and quickly become weary with God.
However… what we should be doing is fixing Godly purposes in our sights… and when we do, we will find ourselves being impatient with hindrances and disappointments and becoming weary with the world instead.”
From “Worldly Friendship and the Groove of Humility”, part of a sermon series on the book of James.