For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though, some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 1 Corinthians 15:3-7
My brother Tom, a highly intelligent inventor and part-time philosopher, has called the modern cell phone the "Swiss Army knife of technology."
By that he means it can do a little bit of everything. It can give you directions, show you the weather, send pictures, take video and, well, a little bit of everything.
Oh, one other thing, they can also be addictive.
Case in point: physicians are seeing people come in with some interesting cell phone-related maladies. Some doctors have seen dedicated smartphone use leading to repetitive stress injuries. Do you like to text? If you do too much texting, your thumb's tendons can constrict and you can end up with the injury called "texting thumb."
Recently, a California man, a fellow who is dedicated to the game Candy Crush Saga, after more than six weeks of constant playing, actually managed to rupture a tendon in his hand. You've got to love a game a lot to create that kind of injury.
All of this is a roundabout way to get to the biblical individual: James the Just.
This James was the brother of our Lord, an early convert to the faith, a leader of the early church, and one of the first martyrs for the faith. James should be known and respected for all of those qualities ... and for one more.
The ancient church historian, Eusebius tells us, "(St. James) was in the habit of entering alone into the temple, and was frequently found upon his knees begging forgiveness for the people, so that his knees became hard like those of a camel ...."
James' knees were callused because he spent so much time kneeling in prayer.
Now, I just checked I don't have the condition I've called, "prayer knees." You probably don't either, which, I guess is a sign of where we're putting our priorities, isn't it? It's a sad thing that so many of us feel naked if we don't have our cell phones, but most of us don't feel the least bit strange when it come to forgotten prayer.
This maybe means we need an adjustment in attitude. We have a Savior who gave His life for our forgiveness and salvation. For His gracious act we need to "thank and praise, serve and obey Him."
And get down on our knees in faithful prayer.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me keep my priorities straight. Help me invest my time in that which glorifies You. This I ask in the Savior's Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries