5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter
We’ve looked this week at James 5 and the warnings it brings for the accumulation and misuse of wealth.
The rich were living in luxury, indulging themselves and inwardly focussed. Their wealth made them but themselves on centre stage.
While this scripture is about physical wealth, it strikes me that we also need to be aware how we use the great spiritual wealth that we have through Jesus Christ.
Romans 6:23 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
As a follower of Jesus I believe that I have eternal life. My eternal destination is not hell, but heaven, eternity with God. I’m pretty pleased about that
But that wasn’t always the case.. The consequence of my sin was death. My disobedience caused separation between me and God. God sent His son Jesus and by dying on the cross and raising to life again I am given the gift of eternal life in place of death.
To borrow the language of finance, I think that is a pretty sound investment… eternity with God
So what do I do with that wealth that I have, the wealth of eternal life?
Do I store it up for myself, become comfortable, self-indulgent with this amazing wealth that I have through Jesus?
Do I share it with as many people as possible because I want to be thankful for what God has given me, I want to be generous with that which God has given me, I want to store up treasures in heaven because I realise the amazing price Jesus paid to rescue me and other from death to life?
I’ll leave you to ponder that thought and hope to see you in Church tomorrow – why not bring a friend.
Have a great day
Pastor Jon Keel