Today’s Scripture: There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome; Mark 15:40
How would you like to be referred to as “the less” by everyone? Literally, every generation would know him as James “the less” because God’s Word called him that. This name does not mean that James was inferior, it just is a way to distinguish between the two. The other James got to do some incredible things with Christ, such as being at the Mount of Transfiguration, but this James we know very little about.
We do know that he was the son of Alphaeus and Mary. Thaddaeus, who was also known as Joses and Judas, was his brother. Some say that Matthew was also his brother, but we do not find that in the Bible. It is possible that Matthew’s father was another man named Alphaeus.
There is so little known about him that there is not even a semi-reliable story about his death. This is mostly due to the fact that people falsely claim he is the same as James the brother of Christ. James the brother of Christ was the head of the Jerusalem church and had a well-documented martyrdom in Jerusalem just before Rome besieged the city. Many people take that story and apply it to James the Less.
Even though little is known about him, we realize that God greatly used him. God’s plan for your life may not give you much, if any earthly recognition; but if you are in God’s will, don’t leave it to gain recognition. You will receive your reward in heaven, but if you are doing what you are doing for recognition, then Christ said you already have your reward.
Would you willingly be called “the less” if that was God’s will for you? I want to encourage you to follow God’s will no matter if you get recognition. People’s eternities are at stake.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.