July 10, 2007

James 3:13-18 ~ July 10, 2007

James commands us to show wisdom by the way we live: good deeds, humbleness. Wisdom that comes from the world is envious and full of selfish ambition. I think those two words sum up the world completely. It is full of envy, bitter envy! The pursuit of money and "success" is fuelled by envy: wanting what others have, living in luxuries others are so-called "enjoying." And selfish ambition! The first thing that came to mind here was movie stars and celebrities in third world countries holding orphans and donating money. I can't help thinking that it is out of selfish ambition they do this. Would they still do it if they didn't receive an ounce of recognition for it? Why would they? People don't just do good things. We are evil, and without Jesus Christ in our lives giving us a purpose and a mission, all we do in and of ourselves is ultimately done out of selfish ambition no matter how it may temporarily benefit someone else or make us look good. "For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice." (vs 16)

So what does wisdom from God look like? "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." (vs 17) That's something I definitely want to be part of. The only way to obtain this wisdom is to know Jesus Christ and ask him for it. (James 1:17) "Every good and perfect gift is from above. Coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights."

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