October 1, 2014

Today you should read: James 5:1-6

Does his passage even need any commentary?  Yowzer!  James held nothing back and was straight to the point with his words here.  This passage is dealing with “the rich,” though it is not rebuking people for being rich.  It’s mostly dealing with people who live for and depend upon money, or anything else for that matter, rather than God alone.

OK, lest we write this off as a passage dealing with people who actually have a lot of money, let’s be clear that we as Americans are people who are “the rich” in comparison with most of the world.  If you’ve ever traveled out of the country, particularly to a third world country, then I know you have no problem understanding this fact.

With this in mind, let’s take the challenge of this passage to heart.  Know that all that we have and own will be burned someday.  It will all be gone.  We can’t take it with us when we die.  So, that should really cause us to evaluate Who and what we live for on this earth.  Hopefully, we don’t live for riches and deceive ourselves, believing that it will give us security.  Our security comes through God and God alone.

Passages like this point directly to the need for Jesus.  I’m thankful that we can stand before God as pure and blameless because of what He did for us.  Otherwise, shwoo, you and I would be destined for some bad stuff.

If you have five extra minutes today, check out this video of Francis Chan giving a great illustration.  It came to mind as I read this passage.  Don’t watch it if you don’t feel like being convicted and purified a little bit. 😉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86dsfBbZfWs

Posted by: Rich Duffield

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

4 thoughts on “October 1, 2014”

  1. Great video Rich. I was able to use this and send it to some folks at work today as an alternative to living in frustration over issues going on in the workplace. Got to place it in the hands of at least one lost person. Pray that it will spark additional conversation.

  2. I am reading this on break at orientation for city employees – lots of sessions and presentations from credit unions, retirement plans, etc. Perfect timing and reminder that even the safest financial investment is nothing compared to security ensured by the Creator of the universe!
    and in general, thanks to JumpStart for allowing me to stay connected with my awesome church family 🙂

  3. As I reflect on the gift of life, I realize that God’s promise of abundant life isn’t always in the here and now. This life is a place of preparation and transformation for the abundant eternal life made possible by the cross of Christ. That knowledge puts a few things into perspective and gives release to striving for the things that distract us from pursuing God with our whole being! May God increase our vision for what He has in store for those who love Him and extend His transforming grace as we seek to give Him glory with our earthly lives!

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