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James 5:4
Monday, October 28 2013

To Get Ahead Financially....

To get ahead financially, some people would do almost anything:

Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers who harvested your fields are crying aloud, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. -James 5:4, NAB

What would you do to be successful?  Who would you hurt for your own gain?  Would you trample on others for your own benefit?  What would you be willing to do to get ahead financially?

At first glance, many of us might think that this verse does not apply to us.  We are not farmers, and we do not own a field.  But the lesson goes beyond that.  Whatever our vocation may be, we can still be guilty of stepping on others in an attempt to make our way to the top.

This is, in fact, what some would call the key to corporate success.  Want to get ahead financially?  You might have to run over a few coworkers to get there.  Our careers are seen as a game of them versus me, and some will do anything to win it.

Today's verse tells us that God will not be pleased if this is how we find success.  We are not going to get applause from heaven for the heights we've reached in our careers if we stepped on countless others to get there.

As we stand before our Creator, He is not going to judge us for the position we held, our time as an executive, or the size of our paycheck.  He is going to judge how we lived out our faith in our careers.  Did our actions in the workplace reflect Christian morality?  Were we as much of a Christian on Monday as we were on Sunday?  Did we treat our coworkers the way Christ wanted us to?

Some would go to great lengths to get ahead financially, but what may get us ahead in this life may set us back in the next.  A successful career today may mean very little tomorrow.


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