29
Sep
15

We All End Up In The Same Place

James 5:1-6 (NIV)
Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.
The disparity between the wealthiest of society and the poorest is quite evident in our world today.  Class warfare is a real thing.  The media fans the flames between the haves and have-nots.  Those who have are portrayed as greedy.  Those who have not are portrayed as oppressed.  In many instances, this is true.  The wealthiest among us are not actually among us.  They may not understand the plight of the commoner.  Tens of millions of dollars in bonuses each year for a CEO who cuts the workforce of their company by 10% because their profit margins are too slim does not compute for the family who is a part of the 10%.  Shareholders are given more consideration than the worker who makes it all possible.  This is not true in all instances, but oftentimes it is the case.
Here’s the bad news for the CEOs and the wealthiest, as well as for the blue-collar workers and the poorest – you cannot take it with you.  Whether you’re living high on the hog or underneath it, your wealth (or lack thereof) will not punch your ticket into Heaven.  God is not impressed by a stock portfolio.  He is not wowed by a fleet of airplanes.  God is not pleased with greed.  Paul made it clear that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10).  That goes for those who are wealthy as well as those who are poor.  The motivation for wealth stems from the same source – greed.  If you have lots of money, you want more.  If you have no money, you really want more.  Money cannot get us into Heaven with Christ.  Only Jesus can do that.  What did He tell the rich young man?  Give it all away.  Those who hoard wealth as well as those who desire wealth will all end up in the same place – the grave.  The key to overcoming the grave is to put your faith and trust in Jesus, not in your money.
 
PRAYER: Lord God, help me to put my trust in You to provide all that I need.  Money and wealth are not the answer.  Give me the strength I need to trust You and to be generous with all that you’ve given to me.  Thank You for the blessings You have provided.  Help me to see Your blessings and not take them for granted today.  Amen.
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