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Living Beyond Myself

If I Were a Rich Man

Would you like to be rich? Very few would say, “Nah, that doesn’t interest me!” One wise guy said, “They say it’s better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable. But couldn’t something be worked out, such as being moderately wealthy and just a little moody?” As Christians, we know the Bible includes many warnings about the dangers of pursuing and hoarding wealth. But most of us think: “I can handle it, or at least I’d like to try!” It seems only logical that possessing more money would solve a whole lot of our problems. But, we often forget that wealth can create problems as well.

This week as we look at James 5:1-6, we’ll be asked to answer these three questions:

  • Am I hoarding what I think is mine or am I generous with what God has given me?
  • Do I care about how I treat others? 
  • Am I living a self-reliant and self-indulgent life?

Praise Jesus that although He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor. In Christ, we have the riches that come from God alone – faith, forgiveness and eternal salvation.

It’s His generosity that empowers us to be generous. Ultimately, God prospers us not to raise our standard of living, but to raise our standard of giving. The Lord gives to us that we might give and be a blessing to others.  

Pastor Keith

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