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Summary: Humility is one of the great keys of an effective Christian life. James points out some important aspects of living the humble Christian life.

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PRACTICAL CHRISTIAN LIVING

“Trials of Poverty & Riches”

(James 1:9-11)

Introduction:

 Keeping in our context we see that wisdom to understand our trials can be a very useful thing…it can also be useful as we consider our attitude in the world

 No one likes a stuck up individual…

A. We know these people:

1. always making themselves better than everyone else

2. always one-upping someone

3. always looking for opportunity to make themselves feel better even at the expense of someone else

 James encourages us in our section of text this morning to consider how we should act – especially as Christians:

 There is something truly blessed about a humble individual. Someone you know will always be real and not have a big head:

A. The example of Jesus comes to mind as we think of humility as He washed the disciples feet…this is the kind of humility we search for in our Christian lives

Let us consider our Practical Principles for our Poverty & Riches…

I. THE GLORY OF HUMBLE CIRCUMSTANCES…(vs. 9)

A. Consider this verse:

1. The brother of Humble circumstances (poor)

a. We understand this to usually mean “lowly”, “humble” or “unimportant” and it would do well for us to take a lesson from that as well

2 Corinthians 7:6; 10:1

b. In context though it is referring to someone who is poor

Mark 14:7

Philippians 4:12

Proverbs 16:10

c. There is no room for self pity as a Christian when one experiences a lack of wealth…we make a huge mistake when we consider ourselves better because of our wealth (NOT that being rich is wrong, but we are considering the humility of our Christian lives)

• Don’t you think this would take some wisdom to understand how to accept your lowly position – especially if you have wealthy friends…SURE – God promises us that we will be rich, especially in Him and in the prize we will receive in the end

2. Glory in His high position

a. James tells us that in Christ we are truly in a high position…servant of the King, children of the creator of the world…can you get any higher than that?

• We then do not rejoice in our poverty so much as we do in our wealth in Christ

• We rejoice or boast in our tribulations…Romans 5:3

B. Application for us today:

1. Here is the real application…in life we can have true riches…this is what James us trying to get us to see, it does not have to come with physical wealth, but we are rich in Christ

II. THE GLORY FOR THE RICH…(vs. 10,11)

A. Consider the context:

1. The rich glories in his humiliation

a. those who are rich should consider themselves humble while here on this earth…for riches have no place in heaven

• consider the rich man and Lazarus

• consider the rich man Jesus told to get rid of all he had and give to the poor

2. Here is the extent of riches:

a. The flower and the grass only last in their beauty for a season and then are gone

Job 14:2

b. if the rich man puts all his stock in his riches, he too will fade away

• consider the prodigal son…his riches did not last long

c. God is no respecter of persons and he should not expect to receive and preferential treatment from God…God looks to the inner man and what that man is doing for Him…is he humble?


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