james Tag

“And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he (Jesus) has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death.” 

— Colossians 2:20-22 (ESV)

Jesus came to reconcile hopeless, hostile sinners like you and me. We were rebels by nature and through our actions, fully and hopelessly separated from God. Our differences were irreconcilable. But God … longed for us to be with Him. In Christ’s death the impossible was made possible; the irreconcilable was reconciled; the hopeless found hope. We are forgiven, which is unthinkable, but we are so much more than forgiven. We are reconciled.

By reconciliation – God moved first: even though he was the offended, he came to us to make things right.
By reconciliation – God means: we are accepted, brought close to be a friend, a son/daughter … beloved.
The whole message of the cross is reconciliation: God bringing us into relationship that is better than we could have imagined.

Do we really desire a “better than we could have imagined” restored relationship when we are in the midst reconciling a relationship gone wrong with a brother or sister? Or are we simply willing to apologize? Sometimes all we see is hopelessness and the thought of doing more than offering an apology seems impossible. Take a moment – step back from the present relational wreck and look long and hard at the cross. How “wrecked” was our relationship? What did God do to reconcile it? What has he done? What is he continuing to do? When we look at the cross and all God has done – is simply trying to muster an apology really the call to those who have been reconciled to such a great reconciliation in Christ? In the cross hope, possibility, and reconciliation exist. In the cross lies our example, our love for the offender, and our power. In the cross exists everything we need to reconcile because the cross fully reconciled us.

 

(Great resource book you can find in our Virtual Library is – The Peacemaker Ken Sande)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously … But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, …For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” — James 1:5-6 (ESV)

Double-minded

“Why do we not ask for God’s wisdom” if God is waiting and wanting to generously give us His wisdom? How crazy that we have infinite access to holy God through the person and work of Jesus – yet we simply don’t ask. It would be like having Yoda working in an office down the hall from you and you never go knock on his door and say, “Yoda, I have a question…” That would be ridiculous and … crazy.

In James 1:8, I believe God tells us the reason we don’t ask – we are ”double-minded …, unstable in all (our) ways.” God is saying the reason we don’t ask is greater and deeper than we are just lazy. God says we have a mind that is double, triple, or quadruple – minded. Our mind believes at times: we ourselves have wisdom, that a trusted political commentator has wisdom, that our favorite artist has wisdom.  We believe wisdom is in many places so we go there rather than asking God. Double-minded means we believe many have wisdom. Simply put, we don’t see God as our only source of wisdom.  What is the end result of this double-mindedness? We miss out on God’s wisdom. ( 7For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.) 

Single-minded

When all other wisdom fails and we get desperate, we often seek God. How can we live desperate believing that God alone has wisdom?

  • “Faith” that you have been asked to join God in His grand redemption plan as His son/daughter. When we really believe we are a part of something great, bigger than us – we get desperate. News flash – we are. We just forget. The gospel, the finished work of Christ says – you are a part of something majestic an eternal. Your job, your simple family activities, your friendships – God is weaving all of these into His great redemption work. See and believe this.
  • Tell God you often doubt He alone is wisdom that never fails. Tell Him you want to believe this, at times you do, but at other times, you doubt. Be honest! Confess this too Him. Then ask for Him to increase your faith that He alone is Wisdom. God alone is Wisdom. Are you willing to let him have this role you have taken or that you have given to others. Tell Him – He is waiting and willing to help you become single-minded.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.But let him ask in faith, with no doubting.” James 1:5-6 (ESV)

Ask

“How do we get God’s wisdom?” The answer is not complicated or complex. It is not dependent on our wisdom. The answer is not a secret only the most holy or humble know. It is not dependent on our holiness. The answer is not reserved for those who serve or give the most in the kingdom. It is not dependent on our work.

Obtaining God’s wisdom is not dependent on our wisdom, our holiness, or our works. (without reproach)

“Getting” God’s wisdom is dependent on the wisdom, holiness, and work of Jesus in his life and death.

This alone gives us access to God – which is our wisdom.

We get God’s wisdom by the simplest of things. First, we ASK.

Faith

Second, we FAITH. What does this mean? God’s says, ”ask in faith, with no doubting”. Faith in what or whom? Without doubting what or who? We receive God’s wisdom by the person and work of Jesus. This is what He is asking us to faith. God says it is wrong to believe His wisdom will only come if you do a certain work or can muster up a certain character quality. Faith – trust the person and work of Jesus that says God gives wisdom based on His goodness not yours.

The question is – will you faith Jesus and His work today or will you depend on you or something you do to get God’s wisdom. Come. ASK God for His wisdom. Faith that because of Jesus – He will give generously to you today.

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