“GLIMPSES OF GRACE”
“Son of Thunder”
“These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the names Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder).”
Mark 3:16, 17
Let us consider James, the brother of John.
He, along with his father Zebedee and younger brother John were in the fishing business. It was while at work that Jesus came to them and called them to be His disciples (Mark 1:19, 20). James is always mentioned in the Bible along with his brother, John.
James was the first of the Twelve to become a martyr (Acts 12:1-2). James, by temperament, was a typical Galilean, known for being easily agitated, having a quick temper and given to quarreling with others.
Here are some lessons in grace that we learn from James.
They left everything and followed Him. The very meaning of grace is that we bring nothing to the table except our love for God.
LET CHRIST CHANGE YOU
When Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make you…” He was not suggesting force or coercion. He was saying, “Let me shape you into the person I want you to be.” Are we allowing Christ to change us?
SPEND TIME WITH HIM
To know is to be with. The method of Jesus was simple but powerful. To spend time with Him was to become like Him. The record shows that as the ministry of Jesus extended into the second and third years, He gave more, not less, time with the Twelve. Thus, spending time with Jesus is life-changing! Are we spending time with Him?
Once we decide to follow Him, serving becomes second nature. Remember Jesus came “not to be served, but to serve, and give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
Dear Lord, may we grow in Your grace each day. Amen.