James – Eternity in Mind

Pastor Jason Burns

June 23, 2024

  • The Competent & Wealthy

James 4:13-16  //  Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.

  • Mist – Atmos
  • Don’t Miss the Mist
  • Three Words that Describe Our Lives:
    • Fleeting
    • Forgettable
    • Fragile

Isaiah 2:22 //  Stop trusting in mere humans,
    who have but a breath in their nostrils.
    Why hold them in esteem?

  • Three Words that Should Characterize Our Lives:
    • Humility
      • “I got this…”
    • Eternity

Psalm 90:12  //  Teach us to number our days,
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

      • “We will have eternity to celebrate the victories, but only a few hours before sunset to win them.” - Amy Carmichael
    • Immediacy
      • “Make it such, Lord, that when it comes time in my life to die, all I have left to do is die.” - Jim Elliot
  • Delayed obedience is disobedience.

James 5:1-5  //  Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter

  • Three Things that Characterize Worldly Wealth:
    • Hoarding
    • Self-Indulgence
      • Sufficiently vs. Extravagantly
      • Spending, Saving, Giving
    • Injustice
      • Why did God give you that?
      • Why did God give you that? To Steward.
  • Three Words that Should Characterize Your Giving:
    • Priority
    • Percentage
    • Progressive