Practical application

James 4

This book is really about practical living as a Christian.

“You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

Just because I’m a Christian doesn’t mean I now need or want for nothing. We live in a world of stuff and we actually need some of it to survive. How many of my needs are just wants with my Sunday suit draped over them?

“4 You adulterous people,[a] don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”

Friendship with the world, the systems and cultures, makes us enemies to God. The world and its systems run counter to the way the Christian system works. In order to be great in Gods kingdom we must become servants, slaves.

We can’t have dual citizenship. We are either a displaced citizen of heaven living in the world or we are a citizen of the world with no access or entrance to heaven.

Citizenship is about loyalty and allegiances. Whose am I? Who is my master? Who can tell me what to do? Sometimes it’s not by a direct order but by cultural influence.

Jesus is my Lord if he can say go and I go, do and I do, stay and I stay. How am I doing with this? Grace, Jesus forgiveness covers over my failures.

Author: Peterloeffelbein

I am a man. I am an older man. I am a husband and a dad and a grandpa. I am a disciple of Jesus. Because I am a disciple of Jesus much of what I write is about him, and I usually end what I write with a question, do you the reader know that Jesus loves you? He does. He loves us all but he loves you specifically. He loves me specifically. What will you do with that information today?