According to James 1:1-18, how should a wealthy Christian relate to his or her money and possessions?
Could someone briefly answer the above please - I'm in a discussion and I need to know how should a wealthy Christian relate to their money and possessions. Could someone briefly tell me please? - thanks Joelle
Just going based on this passage, a wealthy Christian should be humble about his or her wealth. Such people should realize that their wealth does not make them special and might, as seen in verses 10 and 11, cause them to fall.
James does not appear to be saying that wealth itself is bad. I think that he is saying that being proud and having an easy life is what is bad. So I would say that the wealthy should not think that their wealth makes them better than anyone else. They should see it as a gift from God and (although this is not really stated here) they should probably use the money for something other than their own comfort.
Everything we have here on earth is a gift from God. We are to be good stewards and managers of whatever we are given. Some are given more to manage than others. It is our responsibility to be grateful for what we have been given, and we must realize that it is not ours, but God's. Being a good manager means being generous to those in need and using earthly riches to benefit others.
Riches on earth mean nothing to God, and he is much more concerned with the riches that lie within our hearts. Money is easily lost and just as we come into the world with nothing, so we leave this world with nothing. We should not store up our earthly possessions, as they are not ours forever. Worries of the world, such as prosperity and materialistic pursuits cause us to become distracted so we cannot hear what God's Word is saying to us. Mark 4:18, 19 says that the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
As with all of our blessings from God, wealth is something for which to be thankful. Our spiritual wealth is lasting and forever. Eternity is where the richness of our soul will be fully mature and reveled in all of God's glory.