Another question raised was about firstfruits (vs 18). One of the groups mentioned it being the first of the harvest...YES!!!
James' readers would have been familiar with the term because Jewish custom was that firstfruits were offered to God in gratitude and recognition that all comes from Him and belongs to Him. To find out more about the term firstfruits look up all the places in scripture that talk about it (in a variety of ways)...Deut 26:9-11...1 Cor 15:20...Rev 14:4...Jer 2:3.
The image of firstfruits is an expectation of the ultimate fruit-bearing goal of God's work in us. It is a high calling to have God's character of holiness more and more clearly reflected in us...Thus, we all should present ourselves as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2) to Him (similar to the Israelites offering of the first of their harvest).
Reminds me of Kevin's action step...Take time to be holy...