Welcome to Flight Club!
Have you committed to following Jesus, but then when you tried to live it out, you ended up like this guy?
Over the next six weeks, using the word FLIGHT we will describe six principals from the 1st chapter of James that will enable our Faith to take FLIGHT.
“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.” James 1:1
In order for your faith to take FLIGHT…first you have to have it…faith!
James, the half brother of Jesus, describes himself as a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ. James was a man of faith…but it wasn’t always that way.
“For not even his brothers believed in him.” John 7:5
And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.” And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” Mark 3:21, 31-32
Not only did James not believe Jesus was God…but he thought Jesus was crazy!
So how did James go from believing his brother was crazy to calling Him Lord and dying a martyrs death for Him?
1 Corinthians 15:7 provides the answer, “After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.”
James had an encounter with the Resurrected Christ and everything changed…James went from saying Jesus was crazy to saying, “Jesus is God. Everything He said was true. He is my Creator, He was my substitute. He is my resurrected Savior.” (Driscoll)
When you have an encounter with Jesus everything changes…have you had that kind of encounter? Have you come to a place where you believe that Jesus is God, that He died in your place; to pay your sin debt? Have you come to the place in your life, like James, where you can say that Jesus is not only your Savior but He is your Lord?
If not and you have questions…send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you know that you have Faith…Its time to take FLIGHT!
So how do we do that?
FLIGHT Principal #1
F=FREE TO SERVE
James calls himself a SERVANT of God and the Lord Jesus. (James 1:1)
James describes himself as a servant and this should be our attitude as well.
James uses the Greek word doulos, which literally means bond-servant/slave. A bond-servant was one who had been set free, but because they loved their Master served him willingly. Exodus 21:5-6 describes a type of ceremony that would take place when a slave was made a bond-servant. The master would take the servant before the judges, the servant would declare their love for their master and voluntarily give up their freedom. The Master would seal this agreement by marking the servant with a pierced ear and bonding them together for life.
James knew that he had been set free from the curse and penalty of sin, but because of love for his Master…he became a bond-servant and served his Master willingly, faithfully, and completely.
YOU HAVE BEEN SET FREE TO SERVE.
What is a Bond-Servant?
When you Serve:
SERVE WITH ABSOLUTE OBEDIENCE
A servant knows no law but his Master’s Word.
He has no rights of his own.
He is the absolute possession of his Master.
He is bound to give his Master unquestioning obedience.
Not out of fear but because of love…
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
SERVE WITH ABSOLUTE HUMILITY
Without humility absolute obedience is impossible.
Humility is “the sense of entire nothingness, which comes when we see how truly God is all, and in which we make way for God to be all.” Andrew Murray
1 Peter 5:5
Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
SERVE WITH ABSOLUTE LOYALTY
Seek to be loyal to Jesus FIRST!
***You can’t claim to be a servant of God while you are complaining about having to do His will.***
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
If you want your faith to take FLIGHT…Serve!
Because He Lives,