James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings (James 1:1)
Who wrote the book of James? From verse one we know that James wrote the book. But who is this James? Well, the author describes himself as “a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.” The fact that James calls himself a servant shows his great humility. Why? Because James is a high-profile person:
- He is a key leader in the Jerusalem council (Acts 15:13).
- He is a half brother of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 13:55; cf. Mark. 6:3; see also Gal. 1:19).
- He is a pillar or chief supporter of the church (Gal. 2:9).
- He is no doubt an educated person based on his writing style.
But notice again how James introduces himself to his readers “a servant of God.” James finds the title servant more prestigious than any titles. Oh, let us possess the humble spirit of this man!
In the church, we need to remind ourselves that as believers we are servants and not masters. Regardless of our status in life (rich or poor; educated or uneducated; old or young), we are all servants of God. There is no boss in the church, but the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, office-bearers (pastors, elders, & deacons), we are leaders but we are also servants. Therefore, our motto in the ministry should be: “How can I serve you?” Remember our Master who “came not to be served but to serve” (Mark 10:45) and who “humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8).
Does being known as a servant of the Lord repulse you, or do you consider it an honor?