James 4: 1-10 NIV
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4 You adulterous people,don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
These words written by James, Jesus’s brother, are about the submission to God’s commandments concerning our thoughts, actions, and aspirations. It is profoundly hard to imagine applying these requirements of faith to my every day life. How do I as mere broken, messy, and fumbling human ever live up to what God sees as acceptable? Can I truly say any man or woman could stand tall and claim, ‘I am God’s chosen one’?
Jesus is the only one who hasn’t fallen short of God’s selfless ways.
John 8:29 29″ The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.”
1 John 3:5 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
He was tempted, hated, and crucified for following God’s every step. He took the heat for our sin. Believers and unbelievers are all sinners in God’s eyes.
Romans 3:23 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Our world is currently in crisis and has drifted towards the god of this world. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” For I am blinded by this world, and can not see the answers or know how to even begin to discuss the greatness of this turmoil.
Politicians are battling, countries are maneuvering, extremists are waging war, and religions are competing. Soon, the United States will be choosing a president. Whom do we follow? Luke 16: 13 says,“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
As we know, no one is beyond sin and all will fall short of the glory of God. Not one possible option remains in whom we elect. We can’t serve two masters. We have to choose. Our choice as Christians is to vote for Jesus. 1 Samuel 2: 2 says, “There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.”