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Ministry Moments Blog
A devotion by Don Vickers, Leader Care Facilitator
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. - James 1:1
How do you normally introduce yourself? I imagine it might change depending on who you are talking to. For example I might say, “I’m Don, Meghan’s Dad," or “I’m Michelle’s Husband” or “I’m Don and I work for Leader Care with Arizona Baptist Children’s Services.” Depending on the context and what it is you are trying to accomplish you may even pull out a bit more ammo. You could add, “I have worked with pastors for many years," or “I have a theological degree” etc. I’m sure you can relate!
I have been reading the book of James. James – the half-brother of Jesus. James – the son of Mary. James – the leader of the church in Jerusalem. James could have pulled out all of the stops to let us know why he had the authority to write the letter, but when he introduces himself he states, “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.” James fully understood who he was. He knew what it meant to be the half-brother of Jesus. He knew what it meant to be known as Mary’s son. He knew what it was like to lead the church in Jerusalem, but when it came to introducing himself he chose to acknowledge Whose he was.
We sometimes forget that our job descriptions, our accomplishments, and even our earthly relationships are not the basis for why we do the things that we do. We act because we are His. We serve, we care, we speak out because it is pleasing to our Father. God is honored through the faithful living of His sons and daughters. We ought to live our lives with the realization that we serve the King of Kings, and knowing that changes how we see every relationship around us. He gives us permission to speak for Him today, to reconcile relationships, to heal hurts, to share truth! When we remember Whose we are, we remember we have the right to speak up.
So, how might you introduce yourself to someone new today?