“Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? But you dishonor the poor! Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? Aren’t they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear?” James 2:5-7
This church that James was writing about was a social club. It was like some of our churches today. They were only going to church to show off their dress and their money. It was not as Jesus said a hospital for the hurting, but a place that they could socialize. So many times, this is all our churches are today. In the eyes of Jesus, we are all poor or we have to become poor so that we can become rich. “But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12) The Kingdom of God is upside down from the world. The world will show honor to the rich but in the Kingdom of God the poor are the rich. Being humble is the only way we can enter the Kingdom of God. It is possible to be poor in this world and rich in the next. Or, you could be poor both in this world and the next. It all depends on what you do with Christ and the material wealth God has given you. God promises the kingdom to those that love Him, not to those who love this world and its riches. The key to this verse is being humble before God no matter if you are rich or poor.
“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.” (1 Timothy 6:17-18)