How would you like to be part of a church toward which Jesus had not even one negative thing to say? There is nothing to criticize. There is no need for repentance. Such is the church in Smyrna, but we might stop and think before we too quickly say we want our churches to look like this.
Stacy Johnson of MoneyTalksNews.com put out an article the other day entitled: Ten Misconceptions about Money. These are things that people often believe, that is, until they have enough money to realize they were wrong.
We all know the type. “Sure I’m a Christian,” they say. And we look at their lives thinking, “Oh Really? I never would have guessed.” James knew the type also – and he attacks them in this passage. He gives us all a reminder that: Our good works are the only part of our faith that anyone will ever see.