Rich in Faith


“Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to those who love him?”—James 2:5

The rich person has a real problem. And by “rich person,” I mean me—an example of someone who lives a comfortable, modern American life of material excess.

The problem is this: While the poor person of faith often has little choice but to rely on and draw upon that faith, the rich person has the more seductive choice of falling back on his own resources. But where faith aims toward something eternal, these resources are inherently vulnerable. Sensing this vulnerability, I am inclined to act callously in defense of what I possess (James 2:6). I am prone to regard the Lord casually in my swagger (2:7).

An answer to that problem is found in somehow embracing an obvious truth—namely, that this life is as fleeting as that of a wildflower (1:10). Whether I admit it or not, “The rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business” (1:11).

Are there any of us who have ever “gone about business” who do not recognize this? We turn corners in our thoughts sometimes to catch an awareness of exactly what this fading away feels like.

[31 Days of James]