“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” James 1:5-8
If you were to ask people on the street here in the U.S. if they are a Christian, the vast majority would answer, “yes, I am”. The origin of the name, “Christian” is found in the book of Acts; the name meaning, “little Christ”. Now, if you were to return to the streets and ask those same people you spoke to before if they are a “little Christ”, what do you think they would say? Most would have a completely different response, probably saying, “Well, not really”.
What made the difference?
Christian is a categorization; “little Christ” is a description. One categorizes people, like someone saying, “I’m a college graduate”. The other describes the actions of a person which comes much closer to determining what they really believe or have actually learned by application. God has shown me that the problem most people encounter who call themselves “Christians”, but whose lives don’t fit the description, “little Christ” is detailed in the scripture from James. Jesus lived, taught, yes, demanded a “single eye”. That means He said that the predominate characteristic of His followers was that of single vision: they had “one” thing that motivated them and determined their responses-the word of God.
Many people who call themselves “Christians” are double-minded. They don’t have a single vision but multiple visions regarding goals and life. This weakens their will and dilutes the power that could be theirs to actually live as a “little Christ”; someone whose actions are reminiscent of Jesus Himself. We describe a person struggling with a double mind as being someone with “dual personality disorder”: two differing lives battling against one another for expression and dominance. This is not natural and is therefore described properly as a disorder: a lack of proper order within the individual.
How much blessing and power does James relate is released through someone with this disorder?
None, that’s the sad part. Our titles of categorization mean nothing to Jesus, especially if there is no evidence to support them. To receive Christ, we must repent of and get rid of our double mind. Jesus uses one type of person: the one who has single vision: a life which finds its beginning and ending in knowing Jesus.