1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.
It's easy to look at this passage simply as a warning to bosses, leaders of big business etc. But isn't there more to it than that?
When James talks about not paying the wages to the workers who mowed your fields, I don't believe that it only speaks of an employer / employee relationship. How often do we fail to appreciate the people who help us out in our day-to-day lives, sometimes by mowing our lawns, but more often just being a friend, a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, or an encouraging word.
This week, let's give thanks for those people who help us on our journey, and let them know that they are appreciated.