Riches. Having some makes us want more. On the eve of the day we as a nation give thanks for to our God for his abundance that he has given to us, James has this to say to us.
“And a final word to you arrogant rich: Take some lessons in lament. You’ll need buckets for the tears when the crash comes upon you. Your money is corrupt and your fine clothes stink. Your greedy luxuries are a cancer in your gut, destroying your life from within. You thought you were piling up wealth. What you’ve piled up is judgment.
4-6 All the workers you’ve exploited and cheated cry out for judgment. The groans of the workers you used and abused are a roar in the ears of the Master Avenger. You’ve looted the earth and lived it up. But all you’ll have to show for it is a fatter than usual corpse. In fact, what you’ve done is condemn and murder perfectly good persons, who stand there and take it.”
Will our fattened corpse that we leave behind testify against our indulgent lifestyle? How much is enough? What have we done to earn what we have? Is having more our goal or is our goal of wanting more so we have enough and sharing the rest with others who don’t have enough?
“7-8 Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s Arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time.
9 Friends, don’t complain about each other. A far greater complaint could be lodged against you, you know. The Judge is standing just around the corner.”
Patience, waiting, delayed gratification. These are not popular practices in our culture. And that is okay because We are not of this culture. Christians have been waiting for the return of our messiah for 2 thousand years. Does that mean he isn’t coming? No, it means He is closer now then he has ever been and each day is closer still. We Look around, we watch and wait, we stay busy building the kingdom planting the flag in a heart here or there. Gods kingdom doesn’t exist on the soil, it exists in the hearts of people. We can’t claim America for Jesus but we can claim Americans for Jesus.
Pray. Pray for America, pray for whatever country we live in, pray for each other, pray for the sick. Prayer works because God our Father is all powerful and He works. Not like a genie where we ask for selfish gain but like an all knowing, all powerful God he gives us what we need within his all knowing wisdom about what will help us grow up.
Sing praise to our great God because no matter what situation we are in, he is worth praising. There is none other like him.
“19-20 My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God.”