Today’s scripture: James 5:1-6
Our society seems to revere the rich and famous. We read about their escapades
in the latest tabloid. We stand in awe of their homes, cars, and jewels. Even
“mainstream” media seems obsessed with them. I can’t count how often the newsfeeds
I often read focus on some celebrity’s multi-million dollar wedding or some star’s
latest brush with the law.
Some day, however, all the houses, cars, and jewels will mean nothing. The
exotic vacations. The wild parties.
None of it will matter.
When Jesus Christ returns to set up the new heaven and the new earth, this
world and all that’s in it will be no more (see Revelation 21:1).
The only thing that will matter then is whether or not a person has put her
faith in Christ. Riches themselves isn’t really the issue. Commitment to Christ
is. God doesn’t condemn riches. But if you’ve been blessed with money, use what
you’ve been blessed with to serve others. Provide for the “least of these”
Don’t live wantonly, focusing only on your money and what it can do for you.
Don’t risk the “upcoming misery” of eternity separated from God … because
you’ll also be separated from your riches.
You really can’t take it with you.