I need to be honest. I’ve never really been interested in the book of James. I know many people consider it a personal favorite, but for whatever reason I was never a huge fan. In spite of my neutrality toward the book, I believe James is the Word of God and is a vital component of the canon – certainly not something toward which to be apathetic or disinterested.
Recently I’ve been reading through James slowly and deliberately. I began by reading the first passage, and the next day I started from the beginning and added the second passage. This pattern continued until I reached the final passage, reading through the entire book in one sitting.
A funny thing happened. I finished James sometime last week, but I can’t stop reading it. I’m not ready to move on. What I’ve realized is that Scripture wasn’t given primarily for our entertainment; Scripture was given primarily to point us to Jesus (see John 5:39-40). It’s as if James – along with Paul, Peter, John, and others – are looking at the same beautiful diamond. Each offers a description which is consistent with the others’ testimony (they’re beholding the same treasure, after all), but is unique to his own vantage point.
I can’t stop reading James because his words point me to Jesus. The style, content, and themes of his book are unique, offering me a more well-rounded view of Jesus as I gaze on Him from James’ perspective. Ultimately, I know Jesus better because of James’ words. And I can’t think of anything greater.
What about you? What tips do you have for cultivating a heart for the whole Word of God?