Summary: sermon series number 3 on James
What do we own?
At first glance this may sound irrelevant, but it is actually complimentary to the original text at the beginning of the book. Money is one of the things that cause trials and double mindedness in a person. Remember we are still on the theme of temptation.
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
1. The brother of low degree can rejoice.
because he has been lifted up. And the rich rejoice in that he has been made low. How can this be? The wisdom of the world is foolishness to God. That is why Jesus tells us that He came not to be ministered to, but to minister. Matt. 20:25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Gods logic can not be understood by the logic of this world. That is why Jesus tells us the first shall be last, The Greatest shall be the servants,
2. we don’t own anything anyway.
Because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. Money does not last money is not what life is all about. What do we really own anyway. What happens to your car when your dead, what happens to your house. Matt. 6: 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
I Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
3. we are blessed when we endure.
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Remember we are still on the theme of temptations. Gods word says blessed is the man that endures temptation rather than tries to avoid it (remember the world would have you believe that trails and tragedies are a curse from God but we see here that it is the complete opposite Job’s friends believed that. God wants us to be a better Christian not a bitter Christian.
We as Christians are not to look for ways out of trails and testings but to look for what God wants us to learn from them
Gods ultimate goal for us as Christians is to be humble and to be just like His Son.