James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
To call yourself another’s servant shows obedience. A servant knows no law better than the word of his master. As a saved child of God, we know no law better than the WORD of God, nor should we desire any. A servant has no rights of his own. When we accepted salvation, Jesus became Lord. We have no rights…I don’t want any! A servant is bound to unquestioning obedience to his master. We aren’t to question God’s will. We aren’t to question God’s Word.
To call yourself another’s servant shows humility. James writing here is thinking of his duty, not privilege. Of his obligations, not his rights. James, in humility has lost himself in the service of God. James, has denied self and said NO…to be able to forevermore say YES to God.
We too, as servants, should walk in such humility.
To call yourself another’s servant shows loyalty. In loyalty to God, James takes no interest in his own. James, the servant, is totally pledged to God. What he does, he does for God.
We too, as servants, should be as loyal.
To call yourself another’s servant shows a certain pride. It is one thing to be a forced servant, but to serve by choice means you take pride in the person, passion, and product you serve.
James took great pride in being able to be considered a servant of God.
The only greatness to which the Christian can ever aspire is the greatness of being the servant of God. What are you aspiring to? Obedience, Loyalty, Humility? Are you striving to be Servant…or something more? If you life was surveyed could you be considered servant?
Pastor Chance Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN