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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS


JAMES 1:9-11

9Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10But the rich should take pride in their humiliation since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

1: 9-11   Believers who are poor should be glad that riches mean nothing to God; otherwise, they would be considered unworthy. Those who are rich should be glad that money means nothing to God because they can easily lose it. We find true wealth by developing our spiritual lives, not by developing our financial assets. God cares about us, not about our accumulation of earthly treasures. Strive to treat other people as Christ would treat them.

1: 9   Jesus and his brother James were likely poor for their entire lives. Jesus spent part of his childhood as a refugee in Egypt. Christianity brings a new dignity to the poor and not-so-influential people of this world. That dignity becomes most evident in the church, where there are not (or should not be) any class distinctions. All believers share the distinction and dignity of being changed by the gospel and the honor of being charged with the mission of taking that same gospel to the rest of the world. Believers know they have dignity before God because Christ died for them. Mary, the mother of Jesus, vividly displayed this quality when she gave her prayer of praise, called the Magnificat (Luke 1: 46-55), in response to all that God had done for her. Whatever our social or economic situations, James challenges us to see beyond such things to our eternal advantages. What we have in Jesus Christ outweighs anything in this life. Knowing him gives us our identity and purpose, where we find our true dignity.

1: 10-11   If wealth, power, and status mean nothing to God, why do we attribute so much importance to them and so much honor to those who possess them? Is managing and accumulating material possessions one of your primary goals or the thing that gives you the most meaning in life? If they were gone, what would you do? How would you feel? What you have in your heart, not your bank account, matters to God and endures for eternity. (For Jesus’ words on this subject, see Mark 4: 18-19.)

Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible.

Do we want wealthy living? God cares nothing about how wealthy we become, He cares about how humble we are concerning others!! He wants us to spread the Gospel of how JESUS can give us the humility of a servant rather than the power of the wealthy! ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and make sure you seek JESUS CHRIST first and foremost and the FREE gift given of SALVATION, not the means of wealth and power we can aquire here on earth that it causes us not to be his faithful servant!! by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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