In James 5, we are reminded that we are to use our wealth for good. James begins by warning the reader about the repercussions of misusing our wealth. “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming to 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. James 5:1-4.
How do you determine if an individual is rich? Is it someone who is a part of the top 1%, or is it someone who is rich in God; full of joy, peace and contentment? Are you a hoarder?
For example, if you receive 500.00, and you notice that your neighbor is without clothes and food and your tithes and expenses are paid, is it okay to share with your neighbor? If you decide not to share your resources with your neighbor are you a hoarder?
If we retain our resources when we see that someone else is in need we can become hoarders. We must use discernment, but it is certainly okay to share our resources with others. However, if you know that you have a bill due next week, then you must ensure that your expenses are paid. As we continue to build a legacy for our children and future generations, we must not allow our ambition and our passion to achieve wealth, overshadow our relationship with God.
The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it. Proverbs 10:22.