05 December: Shared Wealth

Today’s chapter is a warning against the uncompassionate use of our wealth…

READ JAMES 5  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts


There are many forms of wealth and many levels blessing. Being part of the top 10% of the world’s population scares me, especially when I read:

“Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire because you’ve hoarded wealth in the last days.” [v1-3]

I watch movies like Defiance (set in Belorussia during WWII), and see well-dressed Jews in fur coats who lost everything but their lives over-night. I wonder how on earth I could survive in the forest with no food or shelter – my wealth rotted, my silver and gold corroded. I can’t “weep and wail for the misery that’s coming on me” because my comfortable life is comforting me so much that I can’t imagine misery.

But in v4-6, James quickly qualifies who he’s talking to. No matter what level of comfort we’re experiencing, James wants us to stop and think before we use what we have on ourselves. At the start of this Christmas season, I need to think about the true meaning of Christmas and what I’m doing for others. Instead of getting sucked into consumerism, I need to think about what’s important to Father God. How am I compassionately using what I have? How am I “spending” my time, my energy and resources? And what about taking “shared wealth” to a deeper level, how am I distributing of my prayers and my concerns in practical ways?

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Finding it hard to talk with the God who Cares? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help.[a]


1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

You put a new song in my mouth, Lord. It’s a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord. They’ll put their trust in You. [Psalm 40:3]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: The people of the United Kingdom[b]
  • Your Country: Mission events and Outreaches
  • Yourself: Moral Excellence
  • Your concerns for today
Jesus said: “You did not choose me, but I chose you. I appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit that will last, and so that whatever you ask in My name the Father will give you.” [John 15:16]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Lord help me not be afraid. I’ve done all this evil; yet I won’t turn away from the Lord, but will serve You with all my heart. [1 Samuel 12:20]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. [Habakkuk 3:19]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[c] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year!  THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = Spiritual Conflict

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” [James 4:7]

[a] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/unki/owtext.html

[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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