Back in the 1980’s I wanted to work in a legal office, so I went to the local community college to study transcription, Gregg Shorthand. It took two years and literally hundreds of hours of practice, but eventually I was fit to walk into a lawyer’s office and take dictation. It is the same with following Christ.
Today I re-read the book of James in the Christian Bible New Testament. James was the brother (half) of Jesus. He wrote that letter approximately 50 years after the birth of Jesus.
James had the advantage of growing up with Jesus as his Big Brother. He must have known his Brother’s ideals very well. I can imagine that Jesus would be quite a huge influence on James and anyone else whom Jesus was related to.
The book of James talks about maturing in Christ–growing up in the community of believers and what that state would look and feel like. The book of James talks about using what we learn from Jesus and building on it. It talks about “walking the Christian walk.”
James talks about not only listening to the words of Jesus, but putting our faith into practice. He does not say that our works here on Earth will earn us a place in Heaven. He implies that our good works emanate from our education and practice of our faith in Christ. James is all about living on Earth in community with our brothers and sisters– in peace.
Rome was not built in a day. I could not take dictation the first day of class. An individual does not learn to drive through osmosis. It all takes time and effort, with the desired outcome arriving in increments.
To this day I use my Gregg Shorthand as I sit down at lunch break at work to jot down my blog posts. Gregg Shorthand and Christianity are not a destination, but a journey. Have faith.