The New Testament letter of James challenges believers on several fronts. Where do trials come from? Are we saved by listening or by doing, by faith or by works? How should we treat the rich and the poor? Join with us as we read through this important, practical book.
Read James 1:9-12
Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they 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 will fade away even while they go about their business.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
James here returns to a theme often voiced by Jesus in the Gospels, that of the "great reversal," where the high and the low in the world switch places in the eyes of God. How does James' view of the rich square with what you see in our culture, or even among Christians in our culture?
Examine your view of the rich and the poor and the esteem you have for each. What's the source of these attitudes? Pray that God would conform your thoughts to his.