Rordering Our Desires

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May. 31, 2020

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REORDERING OUR DESIRES

James 1:9-12

Introduction:Verses 9-12 are sandwiched in between teachings on the testing of our faith and temptation to sin.Money and possessions fall into both categories of trials and the temptation to idolize money.

I.THE FUTILITY OF MATERIALISM (v 11)

A.The Paradox of Humility (vv. 9-10)

1.The humility of the poor

2.The humility of the wealthy

B.Money Is a Test of Our Faith

1.The test of worship

2.The test of stewardship

* Prosperity gospel

* Poverty gospel

* Stewardship model

II.THE FREEDOM FROM MATERIALISM (v. 12)

A.True Hope Is Found in Stewardship

1.Being wealthy is not a sin

2.The love of wealth is a sin

B.True Hope Is Found in the Crown of Life

1.“Blessed” points to a down payment

2.“The Crown of Life” is our inheritance

Conclusion:The temptation and trial of money is one of disordered loves and idolatry.Our model to freedom is Jesus, “…who though he was rich became poor in order to make us rich in him.”“The only way we get the crown of life is because Jesus wore the crown of thorns.”It is Jesus who can reorient our loves and priorities.