“Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.” ~ James 5:1-6
Examination & Application of the Text: As we have reviewed this text over the last several days we have drawn out the following points:
1) Avoid the love of riches, for that is sin
2) Live ever present of the reality of eternity
3) Sin cannot be hidden from God
4) Convey Godly character in all circumstances
While James is condemning the rich for their treatment of the poor in this text, these application points can be drawn out as necessary to daily living. However, the overarching condemnation here is that one should not place their trust in the material things of the world. They are called to avoid the desires of wealth and riches. It is easy to get caught up in the competition with everyone else to have more things, the best things, and bigger things. However, as this becomes focus it replaces a love for God with a love for the world. This is contrary to why God has created us. As a result, every person should set aside these worldly pleasures and instead focus on what will be more worthwhile for eternity.