James 1:1 (KJV) “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.”
The book of James is an interesting epistle. The authorship is attributed to the lord’s brother James even though there were other James mentioned in the New Testament. James the lord’s brother was the only one famous enough to use only his first name.
James had grown up with Jesus had watched him interact with adults and other children, yet he still did not realize his brother was the messiah he and all the Jews had been waiting for until he had a private encounter with his brother after Jesus’ resurrection (1 Cor. 15:7).
After James had his private encounter with his risen brother, he realized the mistake he had made in not believing his brother from the beginning. At this point he became a servant of God and of the lord Jesus Christ. Actually the word servant is not a good translation of the Greek word doulos. The word doulos means bond servant or slave. James was actually saying he a slave, totally given his life over to God and his brother.
Some will say it was great that James came to the realization he did, but how does this apply to me as a Christian today, does each and every Christian need to come to the same realization that they are servants of God. Willing to follow him no matter what, or are they Christians in name only. Being Christian in name only allows a person to follow the world six days a week and claim to follow the lord only on the seventh. There can be no such thing as a part time Christian, each and every person who is a follower of Jesus must follow on a full time basis always attempting to do the work that is placed before him. Can each of us do our share of the work?