James concludes his book with a reminder of the dangers of riches and wealth. He never says that believers cannot be wealthy, but he does remind his readers that wealth can slow our dependence upon God and upon His people. Some who have great wealth see themselves as a "god" in the sense that they can take care of their own needs and their own wants without anyone else's help. So when a person gets sick, they do not call for the elders for healing. When they are hurting emotionally, they never go to other believers for help. They do not necessarily choose to rejoice with those who succeed or prosper. This does not have to be, but at this moment in time, it is the reality of wealth in our culture. Thankfully, some who have great wealth walk closely with Jesus and are able to use that wealth to make an incredible impact upon God's kingdom. Jesus told us that "the love of money is the root of all evil." Money is not the root of all evil, but our attitude towards it can be. James reminds us that stewardship is the key to our attitude towards money. When I see everything that I am currently responsible for (family, finances, food on the table) as His, I can let go of my arrogance and pride and just be a good steward of what He has given me. Suddenly, I want to give some of the money to His church; I want to help others within the body who are hurting; and I want to be completely dependent upon God for wisdom and direction in how to use His gifts. The attitude that James encourages his readers to have is one of humility which creates harmony in the body of Christ.

Help me, Lord, to see everything that I have as a gift from You. Help me to be a good steward of Your people, Your money, and Your work.