One of the most powerful, inspired, life-changing books of the Bible is the epistle of James. It is the road map for the walk of faith.
The author of the book is James "the Lord's brother," not James the Apostle. Like the other brothers of Jesus, James did not believe in Him at first (John 7:2-5). But after the Resurrection this brother became a key leader in Jerusalem and at the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15). One tradition nicknames James "camel knees," because of the calluses he was supposed to have developed from long hours spent in prayer.
The theme of the Book of James is "faith" ... but not saving faith, or justifying faith. James' theme is practical in that he looks at the lifestyle which is produced by faith in Jesus. True faith generates obedience, and so James encouraged the early church to live a life that was worthy of their profession of faith in Jesus as the Christ.
The book of James is the practical application of all the doctrines of Paul sets forth on faith. It’s where the rubber meets the road. It’s where our faith is expressed in tangible ways through our actions. The epistle is indispensable to our understanding of what our faith is all about and how the Christian life is supposed to be lived. But living this out in reality is far from easy!
Here are several questions for you to consider:
What might have occurred to James to move him from a skeptic to a prayer warrior? How can we apply this to our own lives?
Why do we have such a hard time living out our faith today? What could make it easier?
Why is it so hard to remain steadfast on our spiritual journey, especially during tough times?
We all have good and not-so good experiences with our walk of faith. Why not encourage and share your views?