"What do you want to do in light of what you've learned?"
This is a question on the last page of the Beth Moore study I have just completed on the book and life of James in the Bible (James:Mercy Triumphs). What do I want to do in light of what I've learned? The answer I wrote to that question was this:
I want the eyes of God, the hands of Christ, and the heartbeat of the Holy Spirit.
I want to see the broken and the poor the way God sees them. As His beautiful children. I want to really see the needs of people that I simply drive or walk by every single day too busy and caught up in my own life to take the time to really look at them. I simply say, "Hi! How are you today?" knowing full well that I will smile, make small talk, and possibly even move toward the door while talking because I am more worried about what I have to do next. Really? What is more important than the child of God that has been placed in front of me in that moment? I am ashamed.
I want to serve the way Jesus, our Lord in flesh, served. He fed the poor, held the meek, comforted the broken, encouraged the downcast, touched the leper, and even washed the feet of his friends. And yet, I have a hard time even thinking of getting out of my comfortable home to work in a comfortable ministry building on a Saturday morning to help feed the poor in my community. I am lazy.
I want to grieve, rejoice, and delight in the things that grieve, rejoice, and delight the Holy Spirit. I desperately want to be broken over the afflicted of the world to the point that it will make me take action in His name, all for His Glory. I want to be so overflowing with gratitude in the Lord's triumphs that I sing and dance in freedom of His Goodness. I want to be so in tune to the desires of His heart that I unmistakeably hear, and more importantly follow through on, His promptings to take part in the plans that have already been set out before me. But, a lot of times, I am instead selfish.
These are all the things I want to do in light of what I learned from James, the half-brother of Jesus. But, I can do none of these things. However, my Lord can.
God, my Creator, can transform me to see the way He sees.
Jesus, my Savior, can teach me by his example to serve the way He serves.
Holy Spirit, my Comforter and Intercessor, can guide me by His promptings.
Thank you James for reminding me of the necessary "rubber meets the road" moments. Thank you James for challenging me to pray hard, transforming prayers. Thank you James for your devotion to our Savior and in turn, your example to me. Thank you James, for encouraging me. Thank you James for reminding me that although I may be ashamed, lazy, and selfish...most importantly...
I am forgiven.
Lord, continue to break me. Humble me. Use me. All for your Glory.