Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, Because as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So, the rich man will fade away in his pursuits. James 1:9-11 NKJV
God is not saying it is better to be poor than it is to be rich. The Lord is not encouraging the poor and condemning the rich. He is telling people who have limited resources to rejoice. They will receive an incorruptible inheritance from God.
Money comes and goes. Fortunes are won and lost. The American dream is a myth invented by sellers to induce buyers. We are all renters!
Our time on earth is extremely short in the light of eternity. You will live forever, either with Christ in heaven or not, but you will live forever. You cannot take your property with you. You will outlive your current financial status.
Jesus came to break the curse of poverty. Poverty is a curse when it changes who we are in Christ. It is a curse when we live in hopelessness and despair. Poverty is a curse when we allow finances to bring division into the body of Christ.
Prosperity can be a curse as well. When we look to resources to meet our true needs we deny the Gospel. Everyone sins and falls short of the Glory of God. The rich and the poor will be equally accountable before God!
God wants poor people to understand the blessedness of their circumstances. God can use our needs to draw us closer to Jesus. Our lack of resources highlights our need for Jesus. Poverty is not necessarily a blessing. Living in dependence on Jesus is!
God wants wealthy people to live in humility. The Lord gives and takes away. Wealth can be lost or squandered easier than it can be gained. Wealth is not always a blessing. It can be a snare that leads into bondage!
I woke up this morning with the word confluence on my mind. The dictionary defines confluence as the place where streams flow together; a gathering and mingling; a flocking together.
God loves us. He created us in His image and likeness. The Lord blessed us with the capacity to give and receive love. Jesus wants us to love each other as much as He does!
Jesus wants our lives to flow together. Jesus wants us to gather regularly. Jesus wants His flock to live in unity. Jesus wants us to mingle together and celebrate His love for us!
Contentment promotes unity. Lust breeds division. If you learn to be content with what you have God will give you more love, more peace, and more fellowship!
Bless the Lord, your neighbors, and the Body of Christ. Be content with what you have!
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