A warning to the rich

Todays reading comes from James 5:1-6. The title is pretty strong in the NLT when it says, “A warning to the rich”.

As I read through this passage one main thought jumped out at me. Verse 4 talks about God hearing the cries of the poor and oppressed workers when it says…

“For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The wages you held back cry out against you. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies”.

The warning to the rich is about mis-treating those who work for them. The main charge was holding back wages that were due and cheating people of their rightful pay.

It also says that the rich people have lived in luxury and satisfied every desire (v5) and the treasure accumulated will stand as evidence against them on the day of judgment (v3).

For me it comes back to treating people well by loving our neighbour as ourselves (Mark 12:31) and not building up earthly wealth only for ourselves by building up heavenly treasures (Matthew 16:19-21).

I am not an employer of others, but if I ever do become one, I will keep this warning and the verses from Mark and Matthew in mind.

God Bless,