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James 1:9-11
Monday, September 02 2013

The Flower of the Field....

St. James tells us that the rich will pass away like a flower of the field:

The brother in lowly circumstances should take pride in his high standing, and the rich one in his lowliness, for he will pass away "like the flower of the field." For the sun comes up with its scorching heat and dries up the grass, its flower droops, and the beauty of its appearance vanishes. So will the rich person fade away in the midst of his pursuits.  -James 1:9-11, NAB

If our life is blessed with wealth and prosperity, we may see it as a beautiful flower.  Sadly, all flowers will one day wilt away, and a life of wealth and riches will soon pass, as well.  While a life focused on the riches of this life will pass away, a life focused on Christ will endure forever.

This should not be a new lesson for most Christians.  Over and over again, we are taught to let go of the riches of this world to focus on our spiritual lives.  Yet we continue to let our careers, our financial status, and the size of our homes define us.

It's understandable that many Christians may be led astray.  We begin to falsely believe that riches in this world are proof that God truly loves us.  There are some in Christian ministry that actually teach this falsehood - promising that a life with Christ leads to a life of prosperity.

Christ will lead us to prosperity, but it does not always include prosperity in this world.  Study the lives of the saints, and many of them faced extreme hardships and poverty.  They may have been poor in money, but they were rich in spirit, and now, God is blessing them for it.

Money will come and go, but Christ always remains.  Once we welcome God into our hearts, He will not leave nor forsake us.  The Trinity has the power to give our lives purpose and meaning beyond the largest piles of money.

The wealth and riches of this world come into our life like a flower of the field - a flower that will soon wilt away.  Seek the riches of Christ to find a beauty that never fades.


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