James has been diagnosing a problem that God’s people can have with coveting. If we follow the world’s wisdom, we will crave the world’s wealth…
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? (James 4:4)
When James called them adulterous people, I don’t think he was just referring to people who were committing adultery literally. I think he was also addressing a spiritual adultery, where we put the things of the world ahead of God and become unfaithful to Him. The world craves things like money, power, prestige, and control. When we live for these things, we are cheating on God.
We can’t be a friend of the world and a friend of God at the same time. James says that we have to make a choice. Are we going to live for the pleasures of this world, or for God’s pleasure?
Today’s Good News is that friendship with God takes us off that tiring treadmill where we burn ourselves out chasing after worldly treasures.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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