Totally different values

We forget. I forget.

Almost all over this planet, we are surrounded by the message that the richer you are, the better your life will be. Everywhere we turn, we hear and see messages that we need to:

  • have our dishes washed by a better machine
  • drive a newer car
  • eat tasty food prepared by someone else
  • have more time to relax
  • work less for greater gain
  • have bigger closets to hold more contemporary clothes
  • send our kids to a better college
  • have a beautiful garden that someone else tends
  • feel insulated from fluctuations in the markets
  • travel to exotic places to experience new things
  • feel like we know more than most people around us
  • know that we worked hard to get to our position

God says no.

“Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field. The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.” (James 1:9-11)

God honors poor believers because they need Him. Often they know their need and are willing to ask God for help.

When we are rich and everything is going smoothly, we don’t need God.

It’s interesting that James uses the modifier “believers” when he mentions poor and not when he mentions rich. That may be the key to the blessing – I don’t know.

But we need to remember our position. Even if we are blessed with an abundance of resources, we need to know that they may not last. And let’s look to God for honor and not people.

(Paul Merrill writes here every First Friday.)