9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation,
10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away.
11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.
At salvation, the rich and the poor must meet at the same place. While this act of humility is not difficult for a poor man, it is very difficult for a rich man. Even for the poor humility is a challenge. The poor must acknowledge their life sin and the emptiness of their religious efforts to come to God. Coming to God is always an act of humility for in coming to God we must leave all of our own efforts and sin aside trusting Christ alone to save us.
The rich man must come to the exact same place. The rich man has a harder time for he or she has lived in their success, their opulence, even their own religious ideas and leave all of that to come to Christ. In essence, the rich have more to leave behind to come to Christ. It is therefore more difficult for the rich to be saved as Jesus Himself taught that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it was for a rich man to come into God’s kingdom.
James makes a necessary point in verse 11. For while the rich of this world think themselves better than the poor of this world, the rich will fade as the grass and will come to the same place of nothing at death. In death all share the same weakness, the same corruption, and the same dishonor.
So be concerned for both the rich and for the poor in this life. Pray for both to come to Christ before it is too late. Do not envy the rich, especially if they in their pride are against God. Look to the poor of this world who are rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom of God for those are the ones you will be with forever.
Thank you for your prayers for our trip. It was a wonderful time with family. We played, we sang, we prayed, we played, we ate, we hiked, we ministered, we talked, we loved, we rejoiced in the blessings of God upon us. God has chosen us to bless us and He has. Oh how I long for all of my friends in Christ to enjoy the fullest blessings that come from the hand of God to those whom He saves to bless.
1 Peter 3:8–12
8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
10 For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.
11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
As I read these verses this week I thanked God for giving us His blessings and prayed that all of you would know the same blessings that we have come to enjoy in Christ.
Have a great day in the Lord,