“But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.” – James 1:10-11
Riches are transitory. You know the old cliché, “There are no luggage racks on hearse’s.” Now, I’m sure you can find a picture of one online, or at least one pulling a uHaul… but you know what I mean. You can’t take your money with you. But, you can send it on ahead! When you invest your life in things that truly matter, you are making deposits in heaven’s bank. True wealth is found in developing your spiritual life (and helping others do the same).
Since James talked about the poor in verse 9, I thought I should mention this: It is hard to convince the rich of their need for forgiveness, but easy to convince them God loves them. For the poor, it is exactly the opposite.
Material possessions and wealth is one of the greatest trials in American Christianity. We must be good stewards of God’s resources while here on earth. We know we can’t take it with us, but we can send it ahead by giving it away to worthy causes, to missions and people that are advancing God’s agenda, and those who need it more than we do. Hold your money with open hands and open hearts. That is true wealth.
What are you hoarding that you should be giving away?
What has God blessed you with to be a blessing to others?
Why are we tempted to keep everything for ourselves?
If everything was taken away from you, what would you miss the most?
How are you developing true riches?