Summary: James, in this passage of the book, turns his attention to the topic of PATIENCE. In the mind of James, patience is important to the Christian life. James tells us as followers of Christ, that we are to be patient people, while at the same time defining
A REASON FOR PATIENCE IN PERSECUTION
INTRODUCTION: James, in this passage of the book, turns his attention to the topic of PATIENCE. In the mind of James, patience is important to the Christian life. James tells us as followers of Christ, that we are to be patient people, while at the same time defining patience in a way we are not used to hearing.
1. PATIENCE IS A QUALITY NECESSARY FOR EVERY BELIEVER
a. James wants us to be patient until the coming of the Lord – so, everyone who is looking towards the coming of the Lord needs to be patient
Titus 2:13 while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
b. We are to be patient until we reach the time where patience is no longer necessary.
c. Patience here in James means to have a long temper.
d. A better way of thinking about patience is to “set the timer of your life for a long run.”
i. We are often in a hurry to get things done.
ii. We are often in a hurry to get closure
iii. Our closer comes with the coming of the Lord
2. JAMES ILLUSTRATES PATIENCE
a. The farmer:
i. The farmer works the land and plants a crop that is valuable – literally precious to him
ii. He is patient for his crop through the rains of autumn and spring
iii. James in inferring that if the farmer can be patient for his crop can’t’ we be patient for ours?
1. A crop of corn is of little value
2. A crop of the kingdom is of great value.
iv. For a moment think about what would happen if the farmer would go early into the field for his crop. He would ruin his harvest AND endanger his future.
1. Out of the harvest comes food for the present.
2. Out of the harvest comes seed for the future.
b. The prophet
i. The prophets of the Bible faced severe times of testing that required tremendous amounts of patience.
Hebrews 11:32-40 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. 37 They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated-- 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. 40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
1. Even Jesus was ridiculed as a prophet.