As we finish up the book of James, I pray that as we got a little deeper you were able to find somethings to cling to. I pray you have one closer to God. It is a short book but has a lot of stuff. This first section of James is a warning to the rich.
James 5:1-6 look here, you rich people, weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. Your gold and silver have become worthless. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh in hell. This treasure you have accumulated will stand as evidence against you on the day of judgement. For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The wages you held back cry out against you. The cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every whim. Now your hearts are nice and fat, ready for the slaughter. You have condemned and killed good people who had no power to defend themselves against you.
The money you have today will be gone when Christ returns. So we should spend our time accumulating the kind of treasures that will be worthwhile in the Kingdom. Money itself is not bad. We do need money to do things. It’s the love OF money that leads to evil. Take some time and think which standards are you following? The world? Or God’s?
This can be hard sometimes. The world can suck you in pretty easy. Wrapped up in the money thing. But does this joy last very long? Nope. It only lasts a little then you want more. I know when I use my money to further Gods kingdom, or use my resources, I have a joy I can’t explain.
Where is your money going? What are you doing with your talents, gifts, resources? Are you tithing, donating, using it to help others? Lasting joy comes from this and so does Gods kingdom.