Devotional: James 5:1-8


  • Matthew 6:19-20
    • (Mat 6:19 ESV) “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,
    • (Mat 6:20 ESV) but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.



It is in our nature to seek our own benefit first whether we like to admit it or not.  It takes training and practice to wire ourselves to look for the interests of others first.  Simply watch small children play and see how quickly they turn to selfish behavior.  We didn’t try to teach them that – it seems like they just knew it already.  It is really not too different in most adults either, is it?


When we look to the example of Christ we see the opposite.  In every way He has given of Himself to provide for us the things we need and many things we want.  What’s more, it makes Him happy to do that.  The greatest of these gifts is His own life for our redemption.  Christ did not have to do that – He WANTED to do that for you and for me.


Is selfishness an area that you struggle with?


What is one aspect of your like that you find it is very easy to be generous with?


How has growing up, becoming a parent, grandparent, or other life change helped you to become more selfless?


In what ways does Christ’s example of selflessness impact you?


How does your generosity toward others reflect your gratitude toward Christ?



Salvation and Preservation

God saves people by their faith in Him alone according to His grace alone through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ alone, not on the basis of any human work.  All of the redeemed are immediately indwelt by the Holy Spirit and justified before God beginning the transforming sanctification of the whole person the fruit of which is shown by their attitude and conduct.  Having been saved by faith, we are justified in Christ before God, forgiven of our sins, and held eternally secure by Christ alone forever where we will one day assume a glorified condition with Him forever.  From beginning to end the salvation of people is entirely a work of God to bring glory to His name.

Acts 8:27-30, Ephesians 1:3-14, Ephesians 2:1-10, 2 Timothy 1:8-9, 2 Timothy 2:24-26, John 1:12-13, Romans 6:16-18, Romans 9:10-24, John 6:43-45, 1 Timothy 2:3-4, Ezra 18:23, Romans 10:10-21, 2 Peter 3:9, John 12:32, Romans 14:10-12