- A Prioritized Christian Moves Forward –
In Chapter 5 James lists several things that often get out of order and thereby hold us back from moving forward. If we allow money, personal grudges or illness to become more important then the priorities that God has established in our lives we will truly be doomed to sadness and misery on this earth. Relationship with God, first. Relationship with our spouse, second. Relationship with our kids, third. These are our priorities followed up by ministry and profession in fourth and fifth place.
James desired that the church in his day would move forward. Let’s not wish for yesterday and criticize today while fearing tomorrow. I see this time and time again in the conversations I have with both laymen in the pews and with pastors in the lectern. Moving forward is not even desired by many but instead many would like to cling to the past. But for those who do desire to move forward in their Christian life, follow the outline of the book of James and heed his warnings about a church that needed to move forward.