“Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.” (James 5:1-3)
I remember someone telling me when I was young that money wasn’t everything but it was way ahead of whatever was in second place. The people James is talking about would agree. They have given themselves over to the Almighty Dollar.
Money is not the root of all evil. It is the love of money as Paul says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1Timothy 6:10). Paul warns about pursuing riches at the expense of one’s faith.
You remember Jesus had earlier said a person could not serve God and Mammon.
Once again I think James has in mind the earlier teaching of the Lord Jesus from Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
You will notice in both cases the wealth which the rich man is depending upon, trusting in, and given himself to is destroyed. The irony is he has exchanged what will not be destroyed for what will be.
His soul is eternal; his riches are temporal.
I end with the Lord Jesus who also said what good does it do if you gain the whole world and lose your soul?
The rhetorical answer expected is NOTHING!!!!
Thanks for Reading,