James 4:1–10 (ESV)
Warning Against Worldliness
4 What causes
quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and
do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. 4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you
suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? 6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit
yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned
to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
There is an ongoing battle of the ways of the world against the Kingdom of God. Today’s reading
focuses on the 9 and 10 Commandments: 9) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors house and 10) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor wife, man servant, maid servant, ox, donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. The temptation to have computers, smartphones,
the latest laptop or notebook, a new car, a nice house, a nice spouse... or your neighbor’s spouse... the temptation is leading many astray. The grass is always greener on the other side. I can say that to those who fall in love with the
world, the grass will definitely be greener in the Kingdom of God. God forgives the sins of coveting. Let us repent and humble ourselves before the Lord.
I pray: O Lord, it is easy to get
caught up in the ways of the world. Help us to repent and to humble ourselves. Let us seek first the Kingdom of God. Amen.