James 4:4-10
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

I have recently started gardening as our home has a little patch of lawn and some space for a few plants. The first day I noticed the garden, it was a mess with dry grass all over, dead plants and wilted flowers. My first job was to weed and it seemed to take forever because the garden was not cared for and after an hour of back-breaking work, I found that I had taken the big weeds out but had lots of small weeds to clean up and had no energy left. If we compare our lives before Christ to a garden, wouldn’t it look as bad, if not worse with no care, fully clogged with the weeds of sin and left forgotten? Is there any connection to what God is speaking to us today in the James 4 and do you find some of the words used rather harsh?

Before Christ enters into our lives, we live by the rules of this world and our personalities are moulded by it. Our goals and aspirations are human and as hard as we try, we just never seem to be satisfied. All the while, God keeps knocking on our hearts and gently inviting us to ask Him in. God created the universe with a few words but gives us the freedom to call on Him. When we let Him in, He shows us our brokenness and shows how He is the only one who can restore us. We are therefore called to submit ourselves before God in humility and seek Him as the centre of our lives. When we do that, He will fill us with His Holy Spirit which will clean us inside out, give us a meaning and direction and help us to focus on the one who deserves our complete attention and focus. Are you still friends with this world and lost in trying to satisfy your own desires or are you working to seek God’s glory and working towards spending an eternity in Heaven in His presence?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

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  1. Yes, I am like that garden, needing much work. Even when the big weeds get pulled out, there are always little ones about . . .and always the opportunity for new ones to grow. But for my Jesus . . .our Weed-B-Gone! Thank you, Vineet, for encouraging us to not seek friendship with the world. It just won’t work. There is One who calls us friend and who is closer than a brother. His ways satisfy. Wishing you His best always, deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Debbie,
      You sound like one who has spent a lifetime walking, falling, being carried back to strength and I praise God for bringing you in my life and to bless this blog. Your words are so real and comforting and always give God glory. Thank you for directing us back to the perfect light of the world, Jesus Christ.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

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