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01/02/2010

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Getting Enriched


"And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing' (James 1:4).

I just got back from the food store. (Can't waste a trip into town you know) I bought some local flour to take back to NJ. The package says that it is "enriched." Maybe some of you more knowledgable than I can tell me what that means. I do know a little about enriched lives however which I will share with you today. Most of us have heard the term, "pro-active." To me it means being involved or having an active role. In the first chapter, James gives us some advice about living enriched lives. He starts out with the "lemons into lemonade" thing. Whether it is in our personal or fellowship lives, we will experience some hardships. How we deal with them determines whether or not our lives will be enriched. We just can't let the speed bumps bring our lives to a grinding stop. Hardships must be viewed as challenges and not obstacles. When we use them to get better and stronger, our lives will be enriched. Within our congregations, difficulties must be dealt to make our group a more powerful force for good.

James next tells us that "if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him" (V 5). Again, whether it is in our personal or fellowship lives, wisdom is to be cherished. My own wisdom just is not enough to get me by. God is all wise, and is willing to share that wisdom with us. All we have to do is ask. A thriving and vibrant fellowship is dependent upon the wisdom shown at decision making time. It is incumbent upon us as individuals and as congregations to seek wisdom from God to truly enrich our lives,

Next is that concept of perspective. We would all like people to regard us in a positive way. There is a bigger issue here however. What we really ought to strive toward is being able to see ourselves as God sees us. This takes alot of humility on our part. Sometimes we work so hard to satisfy ourself and others, that we forget to look at whether we are satisfying God. The group dynamic within a fellowship can be hindered or even destroyed by envy and pride. Jesus was always about doing the will of His Father. Should we do any less? Finally, James exhorts us to think before we speak. "Quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger" (V 19). What a dynamic trio!!!!! Anger almost always boils over when we have not taken the time hear and listen. Problems can be averted through James' simple triad. Flaring tempers and anger will destroy any fellowship. We are enriched when we use the common sense shown in this approach. Lives and fellowships are enriched when we use Biblical principles.

Have a great weekend and an uplifting worship experience on His day... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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