So I recently read the book of James from start to finish for the first time in a while and honestly, I started to feel a little tongue-tied. Who knew so many lessons could be packed into five simple chapters?
From James, we get verses like:
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. (1:22 NLT)
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. (2:17 NLT)
Jesus spent a lot of time by the seashore. On multiple occasions, we find Him there. When He started looking for His disciples, that’s where He began.
One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him. A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind. Matthew 4:18-22