James – Monday, March 2
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
This opening salutation acknowledges that James is the author of this epistle. He calls himself a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Greek word he used was doulos, which meant a slave by choice—someone who loved his master and chose to serve him forever, on his master’s terms (see Exodus 21:1-6 for an example).
The doulos loved his master, because his master had first loved him (see 1 John 4:19). In the New Testament sense, the doulos is one whose life has been rescued and touched by the grace of God in Christ.
Daily Devotional Book • James Application Questions
1. In consideration of the concept of a doulos, take a look at Romans 12:1. What is the connection between God’s mercies (toward us) and the presentation of our bodies to God as a living sacrifice?
2. Have you recognized and experienced the love of the Lord Jesus Christ in your own life? If so, how do you know He loves you? If not, what is keeping you from knowing and experiencing God’s love for you?
3. Have you made a commitment to Jesus Christ as your Master? What are a few of the areas of your life that are still not subject to His control?