Our Scripture for today is:
James 5:1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 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. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.
When we read passages like this it is easy for us to say: “That doesn’t apply to me… I am NOT like those filthy rich people on Wallstreet!” But, are we sure it does not apply to you and me? DO we not live in the richest nation of the world? Even the poor among us would be considered immensely rich by perhaps 1/3 of the world! We live in a world filled with inequity with the very rich and very poor living often side by side. Why does God bless anyone with an abundance of riches? The Bible is clear: so that they can bless others! We should also be very conscious of our actions as Christians… Often times our buying habits and even other practices reinforce and entrench the inequities in the local, national, and world economies. Should we be concerned about fair living wages we pay to our workers? For example: Should we buy from companies who pay their workers starvation wages?
But, even more practically, if you been blessed by God… What should your response be? “Let’s see how much fun we can have in Las Vegas!” or “How can I bless others through this gift of God?” Answer for yourself, and then DO IT! We most definitely do not want to be the subject of James’ warning… We need to have our head in the clouds, seeing and counting everything a loss in comparison to Jesus Christ!