Rich in Faith

James 2:5

Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?

It is by no chance that the poor, the weak, and the lowly positioned have come to Christ.  Some accuse people of using religion as a crutch to deal with everyday problems and in some ways this is true.

But rather than act as if help from God is a bad thing that is used by the weak, we should look at it as a blessing for those who are rich in faith.  Jesus spoke in hyperbole when He said that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than to enter the kingdom of God.  However, He was correct in that few of the rich and powerful seek Him out.

Those who believe that they have their life altogether often do not realize their need for God.  Rarely is anyone’s life as good as it seems either, as admitting that it is anything less than perfect is a sign of weakness as well.

Those who recognize that their life is a mess are the ones who seek help.  While there are thousands of places to seek help – financial counseling, alcoholic support groups, marriage seminars – God is the true source of help.

People who realize that they are spiritually bankrupt will soon find themselves to be rich in faith.  This faith will lead to the richness of eternal life – something that few people who are rich in this life will ever even search for.

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