SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Scripture: James 5:3
James 5:3 says, “Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days.” I had a young man tell me he thought he did not have anything treasured up at all. But the Lord said, “Wait a minute and think about third world countries. Do you have a car? Do you have a place to live? Do you have some money in your bank account?” All of a sudden he realized that compared to many Americans he did not have much money hoarded. But compared to third world countries, he had a lot. Suddenly, there was a personal application in this verse that he had not seen before. There was application in the verse that now applied to him. Would he be willing to give up his place, go do missionary work, or would he give up his home and his car? Hoarding for the last days does not seem to apply to us if we do not have substantial amounts of money in the bank. But for this young man, the Lord made it apply to him as it related to everything he possessed. Do we know this Jesus Who is going to not only penalize hoarders but define hoarding in a way we never imagined? This is one tough passage.