The time for complacency is over. Jesus is standing at the door. We need to take a look in the mirror and make sure we’re ready for His return. Here in America, many have been blessed with great abundance. Wealth is a double edged sword. If you have used your money to serve others, your reflection in the mirror will be pleasing; however, if you have used your money to serve only yourself, a much different image will be looking back at you.
“Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you.” James 5:1 (NIV)
“You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.” James 5:5 (NIV)
Self-reflection is an important aspect of your walk with Jesus. If you’re not spending time considering your own transgressions, you may be spending time in other people’s business. Turning away from your own reflection and picking apart the actions of those around you is an exercise in futility.
“Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!” James 5:9 (NIV)
Rather than passing judgment on others, we need to offer support. We need to listen to the struggles of others and pray for their deliverance. At the same time, we should be seeking the support of our brothers and sisters in Christ by admitting to our own transgressions.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 (NIV)
Now is the time for reflection. Now is the time to double our efforts to love and care for each other. Now is the time to make the extra effort to seek and save the lost. Jesus is on His way and we need to be ready. He will come like a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:2). Have you made a complete assessment of yourself? Take a look in the mirror.
“My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20 (NIV)
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