3) When our behaviours, motivations, attitudes don't change, we are at risk of getting exactly what we want. If God was not allowed a chance to change you, the things you want reflect the predatory desires of the world that will destroy yourself and others.
James 5 is no different. Here we have a warning against wealth. Nobody is exempt from the temptation that money could solve all of our problems, James encourages us to think differently.
"Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you."
These words have the foreboding ring of an opportunity wasted. God expects to be worshiped with all facets of our lives, our money is no different. God expects us to manage our finances in a way that blesses the needt, honours the people we owe, and eases world suffering. God is not condemning ownership, wealth, or enjoyment. God is condemning waste, selfishness, injustice, and overindulgence that each of us are at risk of doing if we don't give God the place to be the Lord of our finances.
God has high standards for all he gives you. You have an opportunity to honor God with every dollar you spend, save, and give.
Where is a point of waste, mismanagement, injustice, or overindulgence in your finances? If you have problems thinking of something, imagine our homeless saviour taking a look at your monthly budget. Where might he reallocate to feed the masses, pay the dutiful, and further the kingdom?