‘Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. ‘
What would you do if you knew that your bank account would be empty tomorrow and all that you had left were the things you had purchased? You would go buy as much as you could, right?
What if you owned stock in a company that you knew was going under tomorrow? You would sell your stock today, right? It wouldn’t make sense to hold on to something that is of no value.
It’s obvious that we ought to invest in things that last and let go of things that are of no value. Only a wise person will comprehend that the material things of this world will not last but to invest their life into the life that is to come.
James gives us much needed wisdom today. He says that our treasures here on earth are already corrupted and moth-eaten. Our possessions will testify against us for wasting what God has entrusted us with.
Stockpiling is not an act of faith or trust. Instead it is a lack of being a good steward of what God has blessed us with. In fact, some of our possessions are keeping us from being close to God. It may be time to get rid of something.
What if Jesus returned today? What you have stored up wouldn’t matter. But what would matter are the things that bring glory to God instead of yourself.
Lord, keep me grounded in Your Word and truth. Help me to have an eternal mindset. Show me how to invest in the kingdom of heaven.