Join me as I study the book of James.
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. James 1:1 (KJV)
Servant: one who gives himself up wholly to another's will
Lord: a person exercising absolute ownership rights; denotes an owner (master) exercising full rights
Greeting: to be well, to thrive, to be "cheer"ful, i.e. calmly happy or well-off
Being a servant is a choice. And choosing whom you will serve is an important factor to consider! James, chose to be a servant, to God, and the LORD Jesus Christ.
Because James placed his faith in Jesus Christ, then the Lord has full ownership of James (and anyone else who places their faith in Christ). And as a servant of Christ, there comes responsibilities and accountabilities.
James begins his letter, with the word "greeting". I like the meaning of that word, "to thrive". And I like that meaning especially as you read verse 2. "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations."
But we'll study that verse another day. Today's focus is on my attitude and accountability of being a servant to the LORD Jesus Christ. Since He has full ownership of me, He can choose what comes into my life. I am responsible to handle it with the grace and mercy He provides so that He will be glorified.
I am to wholly give myself to the LORD (absolute ownership rights) and live my life honoring and representing Him well.