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The book of James: Correctly evaluating riches

A blueprint for living out our life of faith

What are our chief concerns in life? Eternal salvation or earthly security? Christ’s righteousness or our own real estate? Peace or investments? Such questions come to mind as James in his blueprint for Christian living speaks about how faith evaluates riches.

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1. Why is Proverbs 30:8,9 a good prayer for us when evaluating riches?

An abundance of earthly riches can lead to the feeling we don’t need God. The absence of earthly riches can lead to a lack of trust in the Lord. Therefore, it is a good prayer for Christians of all earthly conditions.

2. Why do we need the warning in 1 Timothy 6:9,10 more than ever when we are so prosperous?

The modern world suffers from “affluenza” with its feverish pursuit of earthly treasures. More than ever the “I” fever courses in their veins. Immersed in such a selfish stream, Christians are in danger of swallowing some of its pollution.

3. What do 1 Timothy 6:17,18 and Galatians 6:10 tell us about using the riches that God has given us?

Believers want to remember what heavenly treasures they have in God and his Word. They also want to show their faith in helping the less fortunate, first those in their own midst and then those in the world.

This is an article in a continuing series on the book of James.

Author: Richard Lauersdorf
Volume 108, Number 9
Issue: September 2021

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