Scripture: James 1:
9The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. 10But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. 11For 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.
Observation: Whatever we face in this life and all the things we accomplish on a worldly scale are temporary, fading as quickly as wild flowers. Blessed is the person who’s riches are laid up in eternity.
Application: Sometimes its easy to get caught up in the world, even if you’re spiritually minded. Trying to get ahead, climbing the ladder, working your way up, paying your dues – all of those are worldly cliches that we toss about to describe our race to the top. But once you reach the top, then what? After the stresses of life have taken their toll on your health and you start to realize that this life is not going to last forever, will it seem like it was worth it?
We are only given a certain amount of time in this life. If we spend all of our time trying to be successful here in this world, but neglect our position and relationship with God, what value would even the greatest of success stories, career accomplishments, bank accounts, or big houses have for you? Jesus said “What good is it if a man gains the whole world but loses his soul?” Time here is limited, and the lessons of love, compassion, and mercy are the most important things that WILL carry over to eternity – if we do nothing else in this life, we would do well to focus on these things.
Prayer: Dear God,
Help me to always focus on the important things, leaving all the other distractions of this world behind to put in the forefront of my mind the important lessons of love that you have sent me here to learn. And help me to serve you and accomplish your will in my life through sharing love with others.
Yield: I give up the race to worldly perfection; and look to the race of heavenly perfection that has already been won for me.