Daily Devotion on James 3:13-18
Text: James 3:13-18
Have you ever been standing in line at the store, looked at all the celebrity magazines, and thought, “Wow! What a mess!”
It’s true that the lives of the rich and the famous are often a disorderly disaster. Yet interestingly, we often look up to these celebrities and athletes as people we wish we could be like. If only we were as smart as __________ . If only we were as rich as __________ . If only we were as famous as __________ .
Yet there is a reason that the lives of most the rich and famous are disasters: Humility.
That is, they don’t have any!
James reminds us today that where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. Sure enough, all the envy and selfish ambition leads celebrities to lives that are filled with chaos and sinful choices.
Instead, James counsels us today to find true wisdom in that one simple concept: Humility.
This kind of wisdom comes from heaven and is inspired by our gracious God in heaven. It is wisdom motivated by a Savior who humbled himself to live and die for us. It is wisdom that leads us to be humble before others and serve them in love. It is wisdom that leads us to be humble before our God, serving him with a quiet and peaceful life.
That kind of life won’t win you any magazine covers. But it is the wiser choice and it is a God-pleasing choice. Yes, the wisdom of the Christian is in continually striving to say, “If only I could be like . . . Jesus!”
God continually work in us and through us to strive to do so!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to live a quiet life of humility and love. Keep me from the temptations of desiring the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Help me to continually see that only in your love and grace will I find true happiness and peace. I humbly pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Posted on September 25, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged Athletes, Celebrities, Church, Daily Devotions, Disaster, Famous, Humble, Humility, Rich, School. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.