Low vs High Position
James 1:9-12 (NIV)
9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
What exactly is a high position and low position? It’s not a matter of climbing up and down a ladder. As we continue looking at the topic of perseverance, James makes an interesting comment about those who are in humble circumstances. He says that the believers should take pride in their high position, but the rich should take pride in their humiliation. Is it an oxymoron that we look at the rich as being humiliated? The world has a different perspective on what it is like being in a high position or low position. They consider that those who are rich are the ones who are truly successful. Those who are in a difficult situation financially are viewed in a very low position. The world looks down on those who are not able to help themselves.
Jesus also confirms this view when he was speaking at Sermon on the Mount. He blesses the poor in spirit, those who are meek and those who are persecuted because of righteousness. James blesses the one who perseveres under trial since the life that we live on this earth is viewed as a test. If we remain faithful to the end, we will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised. This promise is a great incentive that can keep me motivated to keep persevering and never to give up.