In this passage James gives a warning to the rich who oppress and exploit the underprivileged warning them about the danger of money, the deceit of the heart and the ultimate death that this worldly mindset of self-indulgence will bring. Riches will amount to nothing in the end, but the humble and righteous will prevail.
Group Discussion Questions
Read James 5:1-6
In verse 1 James addresses the rich. Would you call yourself rich? (v.1) Why/Why not?
When James speaks of riches rotting, garments being moth eaten and gold and silver corroding, what is he warning us about?
In verse 3 James accusation is “you have laid up treasure in the last days.” Is it wrong for us to save money for the future? Or is there a deeper problem James is addressing?
What do we observe this incessant desire for riches causing in verses 4-6.
Read 1 Timothy 6:6-10 How should these words impact the way we use our money?
Continue reading through 1 Timothy 6:17-19. If we are rich, how then are we to live?
In light of James’s warning about worldly riches what is one life changing decision you will make today?