Re:Verse reading–James 2:14-26 (day seven)
“But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?”–v 20
Hard question. Important. Requires some soul-searching. Am I willing to learn/know God’s truth? Willing to change the way I see things? Or, just looking for an opportunity to argue, determined to convince God to “see it my way”?
Sometimes, if I am honest, it’s the latter. Not really open to change, not really listening for a new perspective, not really considering a new position or direction, I want what I want. End of sentence.
Deep in the human heart is a stubborn switch that has significant power–power to allow spiritual progress, power to resist it. It is called “the will”.
“If anyone is willing (same word that James used) to do His will, he will know whether the teaching is from God.”–Jesus (John 7:17)
Stubborn pride is a locked door. Ask yourself. Am I willing?