Focus on the eternal perspective instead of temporal – James 1:9-10…9 But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; 10 and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away.
We see life from a temporal perspective and bog down allowing the troubles of the world to dominate our thinking. God, however, sees things from an eternal perspective. A Using riches and poverty, James illustrated the difference between the human and divine perspectives.
Poverty itself is a serious trial. James calls for the poor believers to boast in rejoicing that God cares for them. God did not exalt the poor by making them materially wealthy. Their exaltation came in the form of spiritual riches from their relationship with God as His children. True riches include an assurance of God’s provision both now and into eternity and joy from Jesus in today’s hard times.
Riches fail to solve all problems, especially spiritual ones. James admonished the rich brother not to glory in his material possession but to be humble. Riches cannot follow a person into eternity. Exaltation comes to the rich in the same way it does the poor, through a humble and intimate relationship with Jesus.
The pursuit of godly character is the objective of all believers rich or poor.