Happy Friday Friends! I pray y’all had a great week and an even better weekend to come. I hope to have some good news for y’all by next I week. The devotion is done, revised for 2021, and awaiting final review from Amazon for a print version. The last song will share from the Sept. 25’s New Music Christian is from the great one: Michael W. Smith.
9Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10But the rich should take pride in their humiliation-since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. (James 1:9-11)
James wastes no time going after the rich. Here he points out how believers hold a “high position” just for believing in God and Jesus, a position that holds more value than any material position or wealth in this world.
That truth is still absolute today. Believers, and those who live righteous lives will receive their eternal reward. We have to break the hold money has on this culture. Instead of throwing our money away into bigger, shinier, nosier, newer distractions, let us put our money into making life a better place for all mankind. We have forgotten that there is a whole planet of people suffering because we are so caught up in our own agendas. Let’s humbly march toward a culture that cares not about things that will just fade away and rust, but instead cares about the least of us and loves those suffering as we love ourselves.
Reading plan: James 1:19-27
Deeper reading plan: Hosea 2
Prayer and meditation: Pray for our country. Pray for love to conquer all. Pray for peace and common sense to infect the minds of Americans. Pray for civility and calm and for Christians to be a beacon of hope and consistency for all those who may face increased anxiety in this coming month. Pray for revival that is permanent and world changing.
Fitness challenge: Day 32-32 reps
- Hand-release Push-up
- Jumping squat
- Leg lift
Friday fun run: 1 mile for time.