The end of James
Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
- James 5:20
With these words, James closes his letter. Error is our ways can lead us to sin and death, but we can be turned back around by God and by our brothers and sisters in Christ. Salvation and cleansing are possible. To that end, we should pray.
Over the past five chapters he’s wrestled with faith and works, the trouble with taming our tongues, the difference between trials and temptations, the danger of favoritism, and the power of prayer. He’s swung from theme to theme at a breathless pace. And we’ve done our best to follow his guidance.
This weekend we’ll have an opportunity to put James’ teaching into action through Chatham Serves (www.chathamserves.org).
We’ll have an opportunity to demonstrate our faith through the way we serve our neighbors. On a hot day, we’ll attempt to tame our complaining tongues. By God’s grace, the hard work will bring out the best in us. We’ll step out of our social circles to serve. And over all of it, we’ll pray.
If you haven’t signed up for Chatham Serves yet, please do: www.chathamserves.org.
Would you take a few moments today to pray for Chatham Serves, the people who will be participating and the folks who will be receiving help? Ask God be at work in us all while we’re serving and being served.