A wise-guy once said, “They say it’s better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable. But couldn’t something be worked out, such as moderately rich and a little bit moody!” Actually, I don’t think any of us would mind being at least a little bit rich.
James begins chapter five of his book with what seems to be an admonition against being rich. He says, “Howl you rich, for your miseries that are coming upon you!” That passage seems to indicate that it might not be such a good idea for a Christian to want to be rich. But what we will learn today is that James was speaking to godless rich people who had gained their riches through fraud and murder and oppression. On the other hand, he will exhort those who aren’t rich to be patient, because in the end every Christian as joint heirs with Jesus will be rich; we just have to wait for God to settle all His accounts.