If you have a lot of money, you can buy a lot of “stuff.” In today’s verse, James tells us what is happening to our stuff…
Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. (James 5:2)
Something is happening at our house, and I’m curious to know if it’s happening at yours. My clothes in the closet are shrinking! Items that used to fit me do not fit me any longer. I have some suits that I cannot wear right now, but I have saved them because I have this grand idea that I’m going to get back into better shape and be able to wear them again. One of my suits remained in my closet for so long that the pants fell off the hanger onto the floor. We had a mouse that liked to visit around that time, and it must have thought the material was good for nest-building or something, because it chewed several holes in the pants.
What should we do with clothes we have outgrown? It’s a tough decision, because we want to be good stewards of the resources God has given us. If we do manage to lose some weight, having clothes stored away could save us some money. However, if we give them away others can benefit from them now, instead of them getting moth-eaten (or mouse-eaten) while being hoarded in our possession.
Stuff rots. Stuff gets moth-eaten. Stuff gets moldy. Stuff rusts. Stuff corrodes. Stuff deteriorates. Stuff doesn’t last. Money can buy stuff, and a lot of money can buy a lot of stuff, but what lasts is our relationship with Jesus. God knows that we live in a physical world where we need to use some stuff for a time, and He knows we need some money to buy that stuff. It is not a sin to own stuff that God wants us to have, but we should not be living for that stuff; we should be living for Him!
Put your trust in Jesus – not in your rotted riches. What’s that you say? Your stuff is still in good shape, and you don’t have any rotted riches? Have you checked the floor of your closet lately?
Today’s Good News is that we don’t need to trust in riches that will rot. We can trust in Jesus, who is good forever!
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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