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For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. (James 2:10)

Expanded Passage: James 2:10-11

Their discipline is uncanny. Soldiers guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier exhibit flawless execution of their duties. Observers stand in reverent silence as the guards stride to their post and execute their movements with military precision.

Qualifying for a tour of duty at Arlington National Cemetery is highly competitive. Males for example must maintain a strict diet with perfectly proportioned body composition. You must be between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 4 inches tall. You cannot swear in public and are not allowed to drink for two years, on or off duty. They might make good Wesleyans!

Prior to shift, each soldier undergoes a thorough inspection to ensure the uniform is fitted perfectly, the medals contain no smudges, the rifle is rust-free and in working condition, and the soldier is mentally and physically prepared for duty. If there is just one violation during inspection, he or she fails the inspection and cannot serve.

James explained that the law of God is a comprehensive revelation of God’s will. It is relevant in its entirety. If we break one aspect of the law, we violate the intention of the whole law, which is to live righteously. While this is impossible on human merit alone, James explained that speaking and acting in love meets the intent of the law. We attain the standard and pass inspection when we live to love.

Be a sentinel fit for the duty of loving service.

Jim Miller is a chaplain in the Army National Guard. He and his wife, Renee, live in Washington, DC, and enjoy spending time traveling with their two children.

© 2024 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.