James – Friday, March 6
The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.
The brother in humble circumstances is a true believer who has little or nothing in terms of material possessions or social status.
The rich is a reference to a true believer who has much—materially or socially.
The brother in humble circumstances is to glory (or boast, rejoice) in his high position … in the fact that one day, he will be with Jesus Christ, and will be spending eternity with Him in a glorified state.
The rich man is to rejoice or glory in low position. All that he has now will burn up and fade away with him; nothing in this life is permanent or will be taken with him into eternity. As someone has said, there will be no U-Haul behind a Hearse. All that we have and all we’ve done passes away the day our life here on earth comes to an end.
It is just as Job so wisely stated, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart’ (Job 1:21a). It is in these things that the rich man rejoices.
Daily Devotional Book • James Application Questions
1. The thing we take pride in, that in which we rejoice, whatever we boast about—has a lot to say about what we value the most. As you consider your future and what you hope to accomplish in your life, what do your goals say about your value system?
2. Consider how short our lives actually are. What does the brevity (shortness) of life say to you with regard to how you should live the rest of your life?
3. Read the parable of the rich fool in Luke 12:16-21. What priority does making money and obtaining wealth have in your plans? What ought to be your right priorities?