James wrote about many aspects of the believer's life. He got very practical too, which is why it's such a great book to read over and over. But James also got to the point.
In chapter 4, James begins by reminding the believers that they need to submit themselves to God. And he emphasizes the fact that we are to really worry about ourselves, and not so much what everyone else is doing. Why? Because each of us is going to give an account to God for our own deeds. Romans 14:12 says, "So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God."
As humans, it's always easy to point our finger and criticize someone else's action or inaction. We see this happen all the time in politics. It's a constant barrage of "they did this" or "they did that". Very often I wish politicians would just keep quiet and work like the rest of us. But, they don't. And much of the time, self-reflection is not something they try.
DO IT NOW
James went on in chapter 4 to talk about the why. He knew he had to get to the point of why we need to submit to God, and why we needed to stop playing judge and jury for other people's lives.
Here's what he said at the end of the chapter:
What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:14b)
The reason we need to do these things now, is because Life. Is. Short.
No one is guaranteed tomorrow. The tragic events of this past week in Uvalde, TX have shown us a very real and sobering picture of that very truth. And the sooner we remember that we have a short time, the better off we will be.
I am a procrastinator. Sometimes it pays off, but most of the time, I'm wishing I had started my task/project sooner.
James followed up the verse about the brevity of life with this...
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them.
Combine these two verses and you get something like this - "Before you know it, you're life will be over. So do what is right, now, while you have time."
What are you putting off? Have you been procrastinating on something you know is right to do because you think you'll have time later? Take James' advice, don't wait. Do what you know is right. Do it now.
Tell your kids and your spouse you love them every day
Do right by your employer
Have that spiritual conversation with your friend
Invite that neighbor over for dinner
Call that sibling you haven't talked to in forever
Make things right with the person you hurt or who hurt you
Break the addiction that has been plaguing you for years
Humble yourself before God
If I didn't put it on this list, and you know it's the right thing to do, then do it. Don't wait. Start today.
Heavenly Father, my heart breaks when I hear of life tragically taken at such a young age. But your Word reminds me that life is short and that there are no guarantees for tomorrow. Help me to do what I know is right, today. I don't want to wait until it is too late. I ask these things in Jesus' name, amen!
Alright, here are a few things you need to know...
BIG THANK YOU!
I want to thank a few people for stepping up last week to fill in for me while I was out sick. Sarah Huff Thronburg, Jessica Lemley, Bill Stuart, and Nate Werst all took on roles at the last minute in order to make Sunday run smooth. I want to publicly say, "THANK YOU" for doing a great job this past Sunday!
It's another reminder to me how amazing our GCFKIDS Team is!
Speaking of "Team" things...
GCFKIDS TEAM CELEBRATION
WE NEED TO KNOW IF YOU'RE COMING :)
Before everyone takes off for their summer vacations, we want to have one last shindig to celebrate all that God has done this past year through each of you. Here are the details:
WHEN: Sunday, June 5th from 12:30-2:30 pm
WHO: You (and your spouse & kids of course)
FOOD: Taco Bar
FUN: We will have some games, prizes, and fun with the adults. Your kids can head to the kids area to play (we will have someone there to watch them) while we celebrate.
REASON: We want to celebrate the good things God has done in GCFKIDS over the last year. Think of a story or your favorite moment in the last year and be ready to share.
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GLOBAL KIDMIN DAY - SAVE THE DATE!!!
GCFKIDS wants to be a leader in the Kid's Ministry arena. That's why we are hosting a training in August for Kid's Ministry volunteers in our church AND in churches around our community. We want to build up the community of leaders who love God and love kids.
Here are the details:
WHEN: Saturday, August 13th from 9 am - Noon
WHO: Everyone on our GCFKIDS Team
COST: Free for GCFKIDS Team Members (includes continental breakfast)
WHAT: Conference level training from the comfort of our own church.
Session 1: Jesus Centered Leaders with Ryan & Beth Frank
Session 2: Jesus’ Love for Today’s Kids with Chizzy Anderson
Session 3: Jesus for Every Age - A Round Table Discussion
Session 4: Jesus’ Story with Matt McKay
Session 5: Jesus Connected Kids with Chuck Peters
Session 6: Jesus Party with Amber Pike
Session 7: Jesus Followers for Life with Josh Mulvihill
It will inspire and encourage you to love kids and families now more than ever before. You will be equipped with practical tools that you can use in your small group on Sunday mornings.
More information will be coming soon.
That's it for this week. I will see you all on Sunday. Have a great weekend!