February 19 2018
I want to wrap up on James this week with a passage from James 5. In 5:19, James tells us “do not complain, brethren, against one another, that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the judge is standing right at the door.” The first three words gets most of us. Do not complain. Wow! What do I do with that? We want what we want when and how we want it. Most of us don’t go quietly if something is not right. We use our American given prerogative and we let not only who might need to know something is wrong, but anyone that will listen most of time. But wait! There’s more. The next line qualifies to whom James is referring. It says don’t complain against one another. So he is not necessarily saying do not complain. He says don’t complain against one another.
Do you know what the best trick satan has to play against God’s church? Division! If he can get us to take sides, divide us against each other and cause lack of unity, then the church is weakened?
So here is a hard question. Just considering the local body of Wedgwood, would you say that you personally, your words, your goal is to build unity within the body? Is it to come together in one mind to move forward for the sake of the kingdom? Just think about it.
This Sunday, I think worship music wise will be a sweet time to say the least. We begin by declaring God’s amazing grace on us with the song “This is Amazing Grace.” We point the glory where it is supposed to go with “To God Be the Glory.” The choir is singing a Matt Redman song titled, “Gracefully Broken.” The song has lines from other songs in it like arms open wide except that it reverses it and says “arms wide open.” It also uses the words I Surrender. We continue that direction of worship with the Hillsong song “I Surrender.” And yes! If you were here for the beginning of EQUIP, Dr Day sang this song and made a big deal out of us doing it…”Death Was Arrested”. We will use the song “Arms Open Wide” for the response time.
Okay, see you Sunday. You don’t want to miss gathering together with others to raise our voices and lives to the Savior, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.