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