Are You There Yet?
That is, in the place where you are most fulfilled, the most joyful and the most contented? That place is serving the Lord. This question might be asked: Are you in a place like James? It is believed that this particular James was the half-brother of the Lord Jesus. What I wouldn*t do with bragging rights like that! But he never even mentioned it??? Being the half-brother of Jesus wasn*t the most important thing to him. Being a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus was the most important thing to him. If this particular James was the one who hung out with Jesus during his ministry on earth that would be something I would probably brag about also.
James 1:1a: James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, . . .
We are very dense. We have the most joy when we are serving the Lord and then we promptly forget about that joy and look for it elsewhere. Duh. We are happy to serve someone and meet their need and then we are joyful. We forget that when we served some mortal we were serving God. Once a while we get to serve the Lord directly without serving another person. Most often I think it is in serving some other person. We can see the person we may have served but we can*t see the God that we served while doing it. Lots of people who are not serving God serve others. Only a Christian could notice that greater joy came from serving others AFTER he was saved. It has to do with serving God. It should be that we are serving Him Alone and the others just seem to get in the way.
God is involved before we help others, while we are doing it and I believe afterwards too. Who do you suppose arranged for you to see that other fellow*s need?
Matthew 25:40: And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.