James 5:7-8 NIV 2011
Be patient, then brothers and sisters until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.
James, the leader of the church in Jerusalem, spoke to Christians once Jews and believers in need of a shepherd after Stephen’s death. He focused on lives lived that revealed a heart for Christ. By resisting resentment and retaliation, they would shine the Light of Jesus. Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” James encouraged the faithful to wait, be patient and stand firm in light of the hope they shared in Jesus’ return. Honestly looking forward to Christ’s return impacts the way believers live today.
Pulling out my old blue Bible this morning, I was struck with these words from James. They ring so true today in the world we live. What does my walk reveal to those around me? On any given day I fall woefully short of the mark. I return to James when I need godly instruction. He moves me through trials and temptations, being a faithful doer of the Word, watching my witness and ends with final warnings. Knowing Christ will return, I must live for Him.
What do others observe of our daily walk?