Summary: James asks the question What is your life? Let’s examine what scripture says it is and ought to be.
What is your life?
All that has to be said are two numbers 9-11 and memories and reflections of where we were and what we saw and what we thought come flooding the consciousness. Sit in silence for just 5 seconds and recall the sites and recall the emotions. ABC NBC CBS FOX PBS will all have their documentary salutes to the events. Questions continue to pour in. What happened? How? Why? Many have come to God, grown closer, many more have fled Him and don’t trust Him anymore. The Question I want to attend to is a question that is found in the middle of the text. With today’s uncertainties and no promise for a tomorrow it would seem this question leaped off the page when I read it. What is your life? Can we answer that? In reflection on 9-11 what is our life what should it be?
I. Your life should be an influence (11,12)
a) Has the events of September 11th changed our perspective on people?
i) Have they made us endure and grasp on to those relationships that are near and dear to us?
ii) The scripture in verse 11,12 and last years tragedy should remind us that every word we say to people has the potential of being the last they hear.
iii) How many men and women are grieving because they didn’t get to say I’m sorry or I forgive you or I love you…
iv) To think that the events of last year have changed people and made them more aware and alert would be accurate.
v) To say that they have become more spiritually minded may not be as accurate.
vi) For a month there was meetings of religious minds, an eclectic prayer meeting took place September 23rd where all faiths converged at Yankee Stadium and spoke from their spiritual readings and said philosophical gibberish to appease seeking hearts and raise patriotism… deemed a prayer meeting. Not a memorial service. To who?
vii) All the great religions were represented… who wasn’t there. Not David Wilkerson of Time Square Church who began Teen Challenge. Not Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle a church of nearly 8000 people. Not Billy Graham the great evangelist of our day.
viii) Why? Did they not receive their invitation? Were they too busy that day?
ix) There were “Christian” representatives, but who of them would use the name of Jesus? Making the scripture “whatever you ask in my name it shall be done” null and void
x) In such a large prayer meeting with open doors open to everyone, every faith Jesus was not invited.
xi) We have to be careful about using that name it offends people.
xii) We have to be careful about what we say and what we do it may offend
xiii) But Jesus said, in Mark 8:38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
xiv) Be not ashamed of Jesus’ name… Be not ashamed of the Holy Spirit
b) Has 9/11 Changed Our relationships with people
i) It is by this name that we have the answer to every longing heart.
ii) I am convinced that it is only by making yourself a disciple of His, will that longing and wondering and questions in your heart be met.