James 5:1–6 (ESV)
Warning to the Rich
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. 2 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire.
You have laid up treasure in the last days. 4 Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. 5 You have lived on
the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.
Today’s message does not
sound good for rich people. But it doesn’t have to be that way. God gives abundantly, but some are set out to be poor, some rich, and some in the middle. It’s not how much do you have, but what do you do with it. If you have a lot of money, it
is easy to trust in your finances instead of trusting in the Lord. You begin to see yourself as the provider instead of God. Much like Jesus’ parable of the Rich Young Ruler, the young man said that he has kept the commandments, and lists out the 4th,
5th, 6,th 7th, 8,th 9th, and 10th. Jesus tells him to sell everything he has and to give it to the poor. The man walked away sorrowful, for he had much. Jesus was teaching him that he fell short in the first three commandments which pertain to God. Jesus showed
him that his god was money. There are a lot of rich folks that will go to heaven, because they don’t trust in their wealth, but God. While they may save a lot, they are very generous in giving to the church and to helping others. Their giving usually
extends above and beyond the 10% tithe. Getting into heaven is not based on how much you give, but in your faith in Jesus Christ's life, death, and resurrection for the forgiveness of your sins.
I pray: O
Lord, help me to be content with what you have given me. If money starts to become my god, then take it all away from me. I would rather be poor and dependent on you than rich and forgetting you. Amen.