James 4:13-17 (NKJV)
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
Now here is where true adjustments come to challenge us. There are three areas we will look at in these Words in James. These areas we will label as the 3 “P’s”. The “P’s” are planning, pride, and proof. The first one is planning. We have day planners, alerts on our phones, calendar messages on our computers and we could go on and on. We plan and plan about today, next week and beyond. We do not know what today or tomorrow brings and yet we plan. Is Jesus in our daily plans? Do we start the day in prayer and in the Word? Or do we just hit the ground running and say “later?”
We need to grow in our relationship with Jesus and truly see what God has planned for us. When we see His plans, pray for guidance and receive the full blessings of life. This leads us to the second “P” and that is pride.
First of all God tells us in Ephesians we are saved by grace and not of works lest anyone should boast. God gives us all the ability to come to know Jesus and it should include works that would lead to His glory and not boasting. This also applies to all the gifts we use for the Kingdom by helping others come to know Jesus. Do we keep stats, records, or even look for areas we can boast, such as recognition? If we do not give God all the glory then it becomes about us. God gives us the gifts to use for Him and not for us. They are a gift and we need to be thankful and apply them to the areas He leads which matches up with the first “P” which was planning. This now leads us to the third “P”.
The third “P” is proof. Proof is that if we do not use our gifts for His glory, we will miss out on doing what we are to do for His glory. All we need to do is adjust to becoming who He calls us to be. Yet we miss at times and sin by not helping in areas we are called to use our gifts. We miss because of planning and pride. Proof is that we miss because we looked for plans that would give us the glory and not Him.
We all have talents and gifts that are shared with us, so it is up to us to share them with others for His glory.