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James 5.
Contrast in scripture. Specialy in the book of James which is a very practical book.
What’s the bible contrast between how christians are to live vs non-christian.
James 5:1–3 CSB
1 Come now, you rich people, weep and wail over the miseries that are coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted and your clothes are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have stored up treasure in the last days.
Matthew 6:19-21- Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth...but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
Contrast how we look at riches....
James 5:4–6 CSB
4 Look! The pay that you withheld from the workers who mowed your fields cries out, and the outcry of the harvesters has reached the ears of the Lord of Armies. 5 You have lived luxuriously on the earth and have indulged yourselves. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned, you have murdered the righteous, who does not resist you.
What do we do with this?
It’s easy to go straight to the conclusion that money is bad. Being rich is an evil thing.
Not what this is saying.
Contrast between earthly focus and heavenly focus.
Contrast between eternal and temporal.
After reading Bible verses about money, we observe a direct correlation between how we handle money and possessions with our faith. In other words, we will either worship wealth or worship with our wealth.
Matthew 6:19–21 CSB
19 “Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

What are “treasures on earth”?

In general, “treasures on earth” includes money and possessions. Earthly treasures include the things you can touch (e.g., cash, clothes, cars) and the things you cannot touch (e.g., online banking, 401k’s, Bitcoins).
Now, before you jump to the wrong conclusion, Jesus didn’t say that …
You can’t own a phone
You can’t buy a computer.
You can’t purchase a home.
You can’t drive a car.
You can’t buy gifts for someone.
You can’t save or invest money for retirement.
You can’t buy more than one shirt or a pair of jeans.
What Jesus did say was, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth …”
Said another way, stop focusing on accumulating money and things and set your heart pursuing “treasures in heaven,” which leads us to the next question.

What are “treasures in heaven”?

There’s a tendency to think that “treasures in heaven” only refers to tithing in the Bible, sharing with others, and being a generous person. There is an element of truth to this. We see this emphasized in several places in the Bible, including:
When Jesus encouraged his followers to sell their possessions and give to the needy (Luke 12:32-33)
When Jesus asked people to give to others who cannot repay them (Luke 14:13-14)
In these two examples above, Jesus references receiving “treasures in heaven” and “being repaid” when he returns. So we can see that storing up “treasures in heaven” does include giving to your local church, nonprofits, and to those in need. But that's not all.
There’s more to laying up “treasures in heaven” than giving away our money and possessions. It also includes living for God’s glory and the good of others. Let me explain.
The Bible refers to many ways Christians can store up “treasures in heaven” or “rewards," including:
Faithfully enduring persecution (Matthew 5:11-12; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; 2 Timothy 4:8)
Loving your enemies (Matthew 5:43-48)
Praying in secret (Matthew 6:5-6)
Serving the Lord and his people (Matthew 10:41-42; 1 Corinthians 3:8; Hebrews 6:10)
From just these few examples, we see that “rewards” are also associated with living and loving like Jesus. What’s the bottom line?
Real wealth is obtained by investing in “treasures in heaven.”
You are eternally rewarded when …
You give
You pray and fast in private
You forgive someone
You share the gospel
You love your enemies
You endure insults and persecutions
When it comes to rewards, the greatest reward every follower of Christ will receive is this: Seeing God face-to-face (Matthew 5:8; Revelation 22:4).
This question really gets to the heart of the matter, which leads us to the final question.

Do you treasure Jesus?

This is a matter of the heart.
James said that their problem was on how they made their money and how they spent their money.
They made money by cheating people off. Not paying their workers.
They were not generous with their money. They stored and kept everything for themselves.
THEY FATTENED THEIR HEARTS.
In their hearts everything they had belonged to them.
James makes it clear that everything belongs to Christ and so our hearts should treasure Jesus.
Our wealth should become a means to bless others.
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