Tuesday, January 11, 2011

JESUS SPENT HIS TIME WITH THE POOR

"Listen, my dear brothers:  Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom He promised those who love Him?  But you have insulted the poor."  James 2:5,6

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

How often we set ourselves on a quest to better our situation, and to become more acceptable in the eyes of the world.  We just can't take it, and would have a better position, more money, stability, standing, and a strong position from which to live our life.

Yet Christ calls us, as He always has, to follow Him in loving and spending time with the poor.  That means those around us who are not regarded as wonderful, talented, or rich in the things of this world.  Because Christ did not come to save the rich, but every man or woman or child who needs Him.  We are not above our Master, the Lord Jesus.  He spent His time with the poor, and loved them.

He loves the rich also, but as when He walked among us in His physical body, the rich were the ones who degraded Him, ignored Him, questioned Him, and opposed Him.  They were of position, and power, and stability, and money and standing.  They regarded Christ as low, and of no significance.

So the rich, as James says in the next few verses, often exploit us, drag us into court, harass us, slander our names, and the Name above all Names, and oppose us in our walks with Christ.

We must resist the devil's temptation to be rich, and to fall into his trap.  We are instructed clearly not to chase any kind of riches in this world.

"But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.   People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.  Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."  1 Timothy 6:8-10

Are you in agreement with this?  I'd like to hear from many of you, as this is something that is leading many astray in our modern world, and is a trap set cleverly by our enemy.

Blessings in Christ today,
A. Brother

2 comments:

  1. I know a lot of us are going thru a breaking humbling, a training to live by the Spirit and not mammon. Eccles. 2:26 is a verse the Lord gave me when He started the "refining" process in me. And I don't mean I will become wealthy, but will be able to disperse it as He sees fit. Money is a very powerful thing, we see it's destruction around us every day. It is just a tool! In the Lords hands it brings life, the enemies hands.. death. I choose to die to it now that I may live later.

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  2. Why are you bashing rich people. If God rich people he wouldn't have made David rich, Abraham rich(er), Jacob rich, Jabez rich, and etc. It seems like you are glorifying poverty or non-rich over having money. jesus also spent his time with rich people, too. It wasn't the rich people who degraded jesus, it was those who were religious and didn't know God for real, but only tradition. As a matter of fact, Jesus spent time with Zacheus (a rich man) in Luke 19. Jesus went to his house to have dinner with him. Then, in the same chapter, Jesus goes and teaches on a parable about God giving money to servants and rewarding the servants who got more money while rebuking the one who didn't make any money. Jesus wasn't pre-disposed against the rich b/c of their riches, but often b/c of their minds and feelings of not needing God. To glorify poverty and to demonize riches doesn't take into account the entire scripture and God's plan for mankind on earth.
    I'm doing research for a project I'm working about prosperity and why God wants everyone, everywhere to be prosperous in every way (and particularly financially) and how that glorifies Him. I'd love to hear your thoughts and position.
    My email is lxxinc@gmail.com

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