Eternal Treasure-James 1:9-11

James 1:9-11 “The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. 10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.”

Giacomo 1:9-11 Il fratello di umile condizione sia fiero della sua elevazione; 10 e il ricco, della sua umiliazione, perché passerà come il fiore dell’erba. 11 Infatti il sole sorge con il suo calore ardente e fa seccare l’erba, e il suo fiore cade e la sua bella apparenza svanisce; anche il ricco appassirà così nelle sue imprese.”


     James has introduced his epistle teaching for believers on how to understand wisdom in various situations of life. In these verses, he speaks of the wisdom of being content in our position in life. Believers come from all walks of life as well as diverse social and economic conditions; but none of these have eternal consequences. If we find ourselves in humble circumstances we should take pride in our high position. What is that high position? It is what Paul refers to in Ephesians 2:6 “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” Our position with Christ cancels out any humble earthly situations. 

     Likewise, if we find ourselves in an affluent position, we should remember that it will not last and take pride that we have something worth more than anything this world could offer. Although James tries to remind these believers of the reality that life’s fortunes will all pass away, he knows that human nature can cause us to turn a blind eye with the passing of time. He uses a metaphor of a wild flower that looks beautiful but will not last because the scorching heat will take its toll and cause the blossoms to fade and die. The scorching heat refers to the difficulties of life. The only treasure that is eternal is the one stored up in the things of God (Matthew 6:20-21).

Pray with me: Lord, I know that I need to be content in my station in life. Help me to not look to this world for the pride of life but beyond it to the future treasures in Heaven that this world could never give.

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