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Money Talks!


James 5: 1-6

We’ve all heard the phrase, “money talks,” and it’s true. People will do almost anything for large sums of money or to stockpile more “stuff” in our materialistic world. Look no further than reality television shows that promise big bucks for the winner or camera footage of customers attacking one another during Black Friday sales for proof that wealth continues to be a top priority in this world. Sure, it’s nice to have nice things, and Jesus nor his teachings ever condemned people for having wealth, but being controlled by our money rather than having control over our money can be a serious problem!

In chapter 5 verses 1-6, James is writing to warn people, not about the dangers of wealth, but about the evil sin of greed that can often accompany the accumulation of “stuff.” The reality is that everything we have on this side of eternity belongs to God. If it were not for Him, we would have nothing. If we fail to view our financial assets as blessings from God, we will most likely replace gratitude with a sense of entitlement. This perspective can lead us to hoard our wealth rather than be generous as Jesus desires us to be (Acts 20:35).  

God’s financial blessings are poured out unequally among us all. There are those who are blessed beyond our wildest imagination and others who live paycheck to paycheck. Still, there are others living in desolate countries without food or fresh water. Rich is a relative term. It’s been said before, “You never see a hearse pulling a U-Haul.” Nothing we have on this side of eternity will accompany us to Heaven or Hell; however, we have a huge responsibility to be good stewards of what God has blessed us with here on Earth and use it to be a blessing to others.


  • Why do you think it is so hard for us to fully trust God with our finances?
  • In what ways can you be a better steward of what God’s given you?
  • How could you better serve God with the blessings He’s given to you? Is there someone today that you could use your wealth to bless?

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