“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Christianity, the Great Leveler
(Please read James 1:9-10)
It’s amazing what faith does in the lives of Christians. When we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who, though he was rich, became poor for our sakes, we come to understand that any believer, whether rich or poor, is precious in his sight.
A poor man or woman, at the very bottom of the world’s social ladder, achieves an exalted status by becoming a Christian. The perfection of Christ elevates that person while bringing healing humility to those who are rich and possibly proud. That’s the way the gospel works, given free course in the lives of believers.
The latter part of our text emphasizes the fragility and brevity of life. Jesus had used the metaphor of the “grass of the field” in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:30, NAS) for the same purpose. This realization on the part of Christians helps with the leveling process. Riches, fame, power, celebrity status – all these things are over with in such a short time.
So let the poor disciple rejoice that he or she is rich in Christ, laying up treasure in heaven where it will count forever. And let the rich Christian be glad of finding humility in Christ and discovering everlasting riches that outshine the temporal, temporary wealth or fame he once prized. In the church they are simply brothers and sisters basking in the sunshine of a loving, benevolent Father.
When financial crashes occur and take large bites out of people’s fortunes or savings, there is some disappointment, of course. But it pales in comparison with our joy at being in the family of God.