Today is the last day of spiritual boot camp and I have truly enjoyed sharing this journey with so many of you. Your comments have been encouraging, challenging and inspiring. As we wrap up our study of James today, I hope you have been challenged and have grown in your faith. Most importantly, I hope you have grown closer to your Lord and Savior. I will be taking a week off from blogging and look forward to sharing God’s Word and my faith walk with you when I return.
17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
I love how James reminds us that the great prophet Elijah was just a human being like us. It is a reminder that the people we read about in Scripture are simply that – people. They may have had some amazing experiences with the Lord but they were just people. We, too, can have some amazing experiences with the Lord when we pray and seek Him. Elijah prayed to the Lord and He answered His prayers. He answers our prayers when we seek Him as well – not always when we want or how we want because His plans and His timing are better than ours.
19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back,20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
I couldn’t think of a better way to end the book of James than with these two verses. If we stray from the truth, we need a brother or sister in Chrsit to bring us back. What a beautiful message for us as we end our boot camp. We need to be the kind of believers who can hold others accountable and lovingly correct them without passing judgment. In addition, we need to have people in our lives who will hold us accountable and we need to be receptive to their correction. We are not meant to walk this journey alone, we need each other to love, support, encourage, challenge and hold accountable. Who in your life does that for you? Who does the Lord want you to love, support, encourage or challenge today?
It is easy to be supportive and encouraging but is much harder to challenge others or hold them accountable. But we all need people in our lives who will tell us what we NEED to hear and not necessarily what we WANT to hear. How do you respond to correction from others? As we go forth from our spiritual boot camp, be encouraged and challenged to make a difference in the lives of others. Find people to encourage and support. Love those who are difficult to love with the love of Christ. Challenge those in your life to walk the walk and not just talk the talk – remember we want to be doers of the Word and not just hearers. Find accountability partners who can help you stay on track and most importantly seek the Lord.
Thank you so much for joining me for this spiritual boot camp. I have been tremendously blessed by your comments and have learned a lot from you. I feel incredibly humbled and blessed to be able to share my faith journey with people from all over the world! If you have enjoyed this boot camp, you might be interested in getting a copy of my devotional “Deeply Rooted”. It is 365 day devotional designed to help inspire your quiet time. It is available in hardback, paper back or for Kindle, Nook or Kobo.
May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face shine on us
- All Scripture references are from http://www.biblegateway.com