We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you
Scripture: James 1:17-27
1. Every good and perfect gift comes from God. The procreation of Christians comes from the Word of Truth, the Gospel.
Voice of practice Christianity. Amidst all humanity, God brought into being a subspecies eterna -- by the Word of Truth with a chance to be Christ-like. Called out to be God’s people...Moses and Isaiah...spoke the Word of Truth for early times, a good start.
2. God wants us to be in control of self so that the “first fruit” is not spoiled. The antidote to evil in self is implanted Word.
Listen, speak less, be slow to anger. Anger is a mark of an uncontrolled life. “Put away all filthiness.” Submit habits, attitudes, emotions and temptations to the control of God. James gives the antidote. Receive with meekness the implanted Word of Truth -- great gift. God wants a spiritually controlled life. James calls it the law of liberty. Surrender means we are freed from self and sin, can live for God and neighbor. Enduring joyful freedom.
3. Hearing the Word is not enough. It must be lived, done.
Hearing is not enough, implanted Word must be done. Blessed for doing. Soren Kirkegaard, “Only a lived word is echoed in eternity.” On the journey we become antidote-bearers to fight evil in the world. We must use the Word of God freely and without apology. James ends with, “visit widows and orphans in affliction and keep oneself unstained from world.”