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James 2:1-7, Distinctions & Wealth

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My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ?
— James 2:1

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, July 15, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

I find it interesting that the early church struggled with questions about wealth just as much as we do today. Although the reformer Martin Luther thought the Letter to James to be “an epistle of straw,” I do not share the belief that it should have been taken out of the canon of scripture.

I still believe that it has something important to say to us. Namely, that what we do DOES, ultimately, matter to others. It’s not necessarily that our salvation or God’s love for us is at stake. What matters is that people are treated fairly and that we work for the betterment of God’s Reign.

Make me an instrument of your love, O God. Teach me to use my money in ways that make a difference. Amen.

 

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