Blessed to Bless
Verse 2-3 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.
Yesterday we started talking about the dangers of putting money as a god in our life. Today we will talk about it some of the dangers it brings to this life.
James could have gone many directions with this discussion of money but he knew that one of the greatest dangers they faced with their finances was the hoarding their wealth, whether great or small. Part of our building bigger bank accounts is so that when troubles arise, we can have some set aside to take care of it. While it is wise to have some set aside for the unexpected car repair or other such surprises of life, to feel safe solely based on what we can control is how we show that while we may say that we trust Him to take care of us, we really think it is all up to us.
James wasn’t warning against having a rainy day fund but rather an obsession about storing up for tomorrow what could be used to care for brothers and sisters in the Church today. This is something that was common in the early Church and is still found in healthy churches today.
There are two problems that come with an obsession of gaining more and more. First we start looking at things as our savior. We think that all we need to do is gain enough wealth to take care of any and all problems that come up and maybe even have enough for all the things we want too. It is an issue of looking to money to provide for us instead of looking to God for His provisions. It isn’t the working for money that is the sin, it is the motive behind the working for an abundance.
Secondly, striving to build up the bank account with more and more money is a sign that we are forgetting that this life is but a vapor. Storing up here on earth what will do us no good in heaven is foolishness to the Christian. We must remember that this life isn’t all there is.
Again, this isn’t to say that having more wealth than others is wrong. We just need to remember it isn’t all for us. If God has blessed us financially then we must know that it is for the reason to help His people and His kingdom.
Making It Personal
Do you find yourself trying to build up more money for this life? How often do you use your finances to help/bless others? How is God wanting you to use your finances today?
Making It Personal Kids
Is it OK to love Jesus and money? Why did Jesus say you can’t love Him and money? How can you remember Jesus is more important?
Father, thank You for providing for our every need. You alone are worthy of the title of Savior. Help us remember that this life is fleeting but life with You is eternal. In Jesus’ name, amen.