Posted By Nan

James 1:9-11
James practically applies the use of heavenly wisdom in his description of the humble, poor man and the rich man. In God’s eyes all are equal. The poor man who is a follower of Jesus is exalted in the riches of his life in God and the promised life to come. The rich man who is a follower of Jesus also has the riches of his life in God and the promised life to come. However, Jesus said that it was harder for a rich man to enter Heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle (Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25. Luke 18:25). By that He meant that when we love our wealth more than Jesus we cannot enter Heaven. To enter Heaven we must accept our need for our saviour, humble ourselves, take up our cross and allow Jesus to increase in our lives and our desire to control our lives and glorify ourselves to decrease. The rich man who thinks he can control all things with his wealth will find it impossible to submit to Jesus. But James warns wealth, like the grass, quickly fades away. It is just as easy for the wealthy man to become poor as it was for him to become rich. It is not wrong to be rich. It is wrong to put that wealth before following Jesus.
So we must all see our true riches in our life in Jesus Christ and the life to come than in our earthly possessions. We must not place wealth as of higher importance than Jesus and we must not think we are worthless because we do not have earthly wealth.

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