Work in Progress
The Lord will aaccomplish what concerns me;
Your blovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;
cDo not forsake the dworks of Your hands.
slov•en•ly \ˈslə-vən-lē also ˈslä-\ adjective
1 a: untidy especially in personal appearance
b: lazily slipshod 〈slovenly in thought〉
2: characteristic of a sloven 〈slovenly habits〉—slo•ven•li•ness noun—slovenly adverb
Let your endurance be a finished product, so that you may be finished and complete, with never a defect. James 1:4 (Moffatt).
Many of us are all right in the main, but there are some domains in which we are slovenly. It is not a question of sin, but of the remnants of the carnal life which are apt to make us slovenly. Slovenliness is an insult to the Holy Ghost. There should be nothing slovenly, whether it be in the way we eat and drink, or in the way we worship God.
Not only must our relationship to God be right, but the external expression of that relationship must be right.
Ultimately God will let nothing escape, every detail is under His scrutiny. In numberless ways God will bring us back to the same point over and over again. He never tires of bringing us to the one point until we learn the lesson, because He is producing the finished product.
“James,” as we argued in the Introduction, is the “brother of the Lord” mentioned by Paul in Gal. 1:19 (cf. also Gal. 2:9, 12; 1 Cor. 15:7), the James who was leader of the early church in Jerusalem (Acts 12:17; 15:13; 21:18).
What qualified James to write such a letter was not his physical relationship to Jesus but his spiritual relationship. James was not, of course, one of the original twelve apostles. But, like Paul, James might have been added to the ranks of the apostles after the resurrection. And Gal. 1:19 suggests that Paul, at least, viewed James as an apostle: “I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother.”1