This Month's Promise

“I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.”

- (Isaiah 44: 3)


Read: James 1: 9-11


BOAST IN THE LORD AND IN HIS CROSS


“May I never boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, ... ” (Galatians 6: 14)


James refers here to rich believers. The rich man is tempted to glory in his wealth and the status and power that comes from financial success. But he must understand that his wealth does not put him on a higher spiritual status than the poor believer. His wealth pertains only to this fleeting life. He and his money will soon fade away. All his possessions will mean nothing when he is in the grave. Most of us think, “This applies to Bill Gates, and those type of people.” But by the world’s standards, most of us qualify as “rich”. Many of us own our own houses. We have dozens of gadgets to make life more comfortable. Most of us own a car. Our closets are bulging with so many clothes that it takes us a while to decide what we want to wear each day. While much of the world lives in crowded shelters with no electricity. They have just couple of clothes to cover their bodies. So we need to apply James 1: 10-11 to ourselves.


Dear friends, we need to have the realization firstly that the worldly wealth and status are vanities. To live and to accumulate the unprofitable treasures of this world and to strive after world’s fame and popularity is futile! Secondly let us have the realization that true happiness is to know God. True honor is to be a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord says in Jeremiah 9: 23-24, “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight.” Thirdly, let us have the realization that we have an eternal inheritance that will never be taken away. Psalm 49 mocks at the rich man who congratulates himself naming his lands after himself and thinks that his fame will endure forever. Verse 12 says, “But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish.” But believers have an inheritance which can never perish, spoil or fade - kept in heaven for them. (I Peter 1: 4) Thus James tells the poor that they are rich in Christ, and he tells the rich that they are poor in their understanding of the goodness of Christ.




PRAYER:  Dear Lord, let me not glory in my riches because wealth and status are vanities. They will soon pass away. True happiness is to know You - and to be Your servant. So let me not boast on my riches, but let me be glad that I have an eternal inheritance in heaven. Amen