Friday, January 24, 2014

Time to clean out the closets

And now, you plutocrats, is the time for you to weep and moan because of the miseries in store for you! Your richest goods are ruined, your hoard of clothes is moth-eaten, your gold and silver are tarnished. Yes, their very tarnish will be the evidence of your wicked hoarding and you will shrink from them as if they were red-hot. You have made a fine pile in these last days, haven’t you? But look, here is the pay of the reaper you hired and whom you cheated, and it is shouting against you! And the cries of the other labourers you swindled are heard by the Lord of Hosts himself. Yes, you have had a magnificent time on this earth, and have indulged yourselves to the full. You have picked out just what you wanted like soldiers looting after battle. You have condemned and ruined innocent men in your career, and they have been powerless to stop you. James 5:1-6

The Lord of Hosts will see that justice is done. Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. He is faithful.

Yet this promise follows His call on how I am to live: and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. I am His arm, I am His ear. May I not be short or dull. And may I not settle for, nay, strive for that which moths will destroy and time will tarnish.

And all that will be left are heaps of rubble as a marker proof of misspent priorities.

I am small and of little account, yet I do not forget your commandments. Your justice is an everlasting justice and your law is the truth. The righteousness of your decrees is everlasting; grant me understanding, that I may live. Psalm 119:142-144

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your Name. May your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as in heaven. 

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of His salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of His marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


He gives us grace potent. James 4:5