James 2:1-13 – Part Two

We’re currently studying the letter of James, which is all about the temptation to be double-minded: trying to be friends with God and friends with the world. This is part two of a three-part look at James 2:1-13 – if you’re just joining us, check out last Friday’s post first.

Jesus and James subvert the status game

But Jesus himself called his followers to a totally different way of life, were wealth and influence is not a badge of honour. Instead, Jesus turned things upside down and said that honour is found in servanthood:

Lk 22:25-26 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.

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