In yesterday’s verse, James had a message for the “wealthy” poor man:
“Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,”
In today’s verse, James has a message for the “poor” wealthy man.
and the rich in his humiliation,
because like a flower of the grass he will pass away.
Rich people get old. Rich people get sick. Rich people die. Money can buy you a lot of things, but it cannot buy you a free pass from the problems of this world. Sooner or later, circumstances come into all of our lives to humble us.
Remember that James is encouraging believers to find joy in their trials. Believers in a lowly position can celebrate the fact that their trials are making them stronger. Believers in a lofty position can celebrate the fact that Jesus allows trials to make them stronger, too.
Why does James describe passing away like a flower of the grass as a good thing? I think it’s because James is looking at the big picture of eternity, and realizes that Heaven will be far better than anything we have here. Even the wealthiest, healthiest, happiest person cannot possibly experience a life on earth that is as great as life in Heaven.
Today’s Good News is that for Christians, the best is yet to be!
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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