Rich or Poor – There Is So Much More!
This past Sunday, I preached from James 1:9-11. In essence, this passages teaches us that there is more to be had that financial status. The rich ought to not glory in their status as being rich and the poor ought to not think they’re less human simply because their poor. Instead, both should rejoice in their heavenly status. The rich should rejoice in their low status as slaves of Christ (which is really their salvation). And, the poor should exalt in their high position in Christ (which is far greater than riches).
There are a couple of truths I want to point out regarding this passage:
1) This passage does not mean that the poor should just stay poor and that they are not in need of help. This would be a wrong application of these verses, and James will get to that in the following chapters. God is very concerned for the poor, and we ought to be as well.
2) This does not mean that the rich should hoarde their money. Instead, the rich should realize their wealth does not save, and those in Christ should give more freely! Again, James will pick up on these topics in the coming chapters.
3) How we spend our money (or view our monetary status) can reveal whether or not we truly love God or simply love the passing things of this world. The is just one way we can see whether we’re buying into the mindset of the “double-souled” person.
4) Eternity is wonderful beyond our comprehension. James says that the things of this earth pass away quickly. Yet, we many times stand in awe of the things we see around us. To me, that speaks to the everlasting beauty of eternity. If you have trusted in the LORD – and you are a slave of God and the Lord Jesus Christ – you can look forward to a glorious future!