“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” James 1:2-3
The Jewish Christians were having some problems in their personal lives and in their church fellowship. For one thing, we see that they were going through difficult testing. They were facing temptation to sin. Church members were competing for teaching offices in the church. One of the major problems was a failure to live what they were professing to believe, sounds like the churches today. The tongue was a serious problem leading to division in the church. Worldliness was another problem. The people were disobeying God. James was not discussing an array of miscellaneous problems. All of these problems had a common cause, that cause was spiritual immaturity. These Christians simply were not growing up. Hebrews tells us what was wrong with this church. This is much of our problem in our churches today. “There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.” (Hebrews 5:11-14) This is our problem in the church today; we don’t teach the basic things in God’s Word. We do not train disciples. We only want to train church members. In our walk with God, we will never stop growing. As we study this book of James, ask God to show you the things that you need to change so that you can be a mature Christian and a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Today’s Bible Reading: Hebrews 6:1-12