James 5:1–6 (ESV)
to the Rich
5 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.
Question: Can a rich person go to heaven? The answer is yes. The hard part is keeping God as your God instead of money. I will
say this, it is harder for a rich person to go to heaven because they tend to depend more on themselves instead of God. There is often a failure to recognize that their wealth is a gift from God. With wealth often comes greed. My next statement
is a generalization (which means it is not always true). Poor people often have greater faith than rich people, because they depend and trust more on God for his provisions. In a similar way, our faith often grows the most when we are in a valley
instead of a mountaintop.
I pray: O Lord, help me to always trust you, whether
rich or in need, whether on a mountaintop or in the valley of the shadow of death. Amen.