Welcome to week 4 of Spiritual Boot Camp! We will begin looking at James 3 today. If you are just joining us, jump in and when you have free time you can go back and look at the first two chapters of James. For those of you who have been on this journey, remain strong and persevere. Nothing could be more beneficial to us than spending time in God’s Word and with Him in prayer daily.
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
As someone who teaches, I take this verse very seriously. According to the notes in the ESV Study Bible, which states the end of this verse as “judged with greater strictness”, “greater strictness” literally means “greater judgment”.
…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
People didn’t have access to the Scriptures in the time of James the way we do today. One of the main ways they learned was from teachers. This put a lot of responsibility on the teachers to teach people about Christ and to not vary from what the Scriptures said. The apostles were taught so much by Jesus and much was demanded of them as they spread the good news. We are to be careful when we teach people about Christ to be teaching the truth and all of it. We are not to teach only the easy parts of Scripture but to teach all of the Word of God. We are so blessed to have access to the Word in the Bible and on the internet and we should take full advantage of this access and read it so that we know what His Word says for ourselves and don’t have to only rely on others to teach us.
We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
Remember we learned earlier that the synonym for “stumble” is “sin”. According to “The Expositor’s Bible Commentary”, ‘If anyone could be found who never sins with his tongue, he would never sin in any other way, either. Since sins of the tongue are hardest to avoid, anyone who could control his tongue would surely be able to “keep his whole body in check”. This is a great reminder for us of how easy it is for us to sin with our tongues and how difficult it is for us to control them.
How well do you feel you know God’s Word? Do you need to spend more time studying His Word for yourself? What plan can you make to be in His Word more? What do you think about the statement that if we could control our tongues, we probably would be able to control the rest of our bodies? Do you struggle to control your tongue? What steps can you take to keep your tongue in check?
- Scripture references from http://www.biblegateway.com
- Quote from “The Expositor’s Bible Commentary”, Vol. 12, Zondervan