Jesus had to die - his life (and death) are the pattern for his followers; he doesn’t call us to an easy life, but to self-denial and self-sacrifice. He promises to be with us, and to help us live faithfully.
How we treat wealth is a barometer for our heart. Does our attitude to wealth reveal us to be generous, or greedy?
Christians need a biblical attitude: neither judgemental, nor ‘anything goes’, but encouraging and warning one another with humility and love.
Friends, the problem is we aren’t Christian enough – we need a big does of humility – how can you grow in your discipleship today?
James puts it like this: do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.