III.WARNING: Don’t designate success by extravagance
You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you. —James 5:5-6 (ESV)
A. Self-indulgent luxury is waste and waste is sinful
A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, “I want my share of your estate now before you die.” So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.
“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. —Luke 15:11-13 (NLT)
“There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury. At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores. As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores. —Luke 16:20-21 (NLT)
B. Self-indulgent luxury has a way of ruining character
Before I confessed my sins, my bones felt limp, and I groaned all day long.
Night and day your hand weighed heavily on me, and my strength was gone as in the summer heat. —Psalm 32:3-4 (CEV)
So I confessed my sins and told them all to you. I said, “I'll tell the Lord each one of my sins.” Then you forgave me and took away my guilt.
—Psalm 32:5 (CEV)