Although this passage was full of wonderful lessons, there was one line that struck me.
James 4:14 says “For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
This reminds me of a Casting Crowns song, “Who Am I”:
I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I’m calling
Lord, you catch me when I’m falling
And You’ve told me who I am
I am Yours, I am Yours
James’ point, I believe, was the very same – particularly for the rich people. And friends, being the top 1% of the world in income, we are all the rich people. Our worth comes from the love of God. Period. Jesus’ death assured us of that value. Without that death, we are nothing.
This was James’ point. Jesus – the only One worth any value – was murdered. What value could possibly be placed on us? Only the value based upon the love of Jesus.
So, as you go about your day, remember that you are loved and valued as a follower of Jesus Christ, and think about the true value of that love.