Inspirational Thought of the Day:
“He became poor to show us what true wealth really was.”
Scripture of the Day:
2 Corinthians 8:9
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although he was rich, he became poor for your sakes, so that you by his poverty could become rich.”
“Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens, and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.””
“When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.””
It is easy to get lost in the mentality of this world system – money and belongings are necessary to make it in this world. Modern day rulers and politicians try to solve the problem of poverty by many means. Distributing wealth from the privileged to those less fortunate, welfare, etc. These approaches are flawed in many ways; the wealthy did not choose to share, the poor do not necessarily appreciate it, and providing merely for physical needs does not change the condition of our hearts before a Holy God.
We flee financial problems like the plague. It is not comfortable to be in want nor to be so dependent on anyone else for basic human needs. Being poor is not a coveted position, yet our God Who owned it all chose to surrender His position of prominence to give all He had to those who receive it.
Sometimes when we have all we need, we do not see that we have nothing apart from Christ. He did not have any trappings to hold Him back from His mission and gave all He had to accomplish the purpose to which God the Father had given Him. How humbling to consider that all he gave us we will be accountable to Him for how we spent it – all for His glory. Like Schindler, the German business owner who wept at the end of WWII over how many more precious lives he could have saved with the belongings he owned, may God help us to examine the wealth He has given us now and help us spend it for eternal purposes. More than that, may we be open and ready to see the spiritual poverty all around us and feed God’s people with His Word.
To those who followed him, He announced he had no home. To those who were hungry, He fed. To those who were poor in spirit, He made the richest of all. We typically want to hide our need. The shame of exposure of being or owning less than we had hoped is seemingly unbearable, but recognizing our spiritual poverty opens our eyes to see our need of a Savior Who is rich in grace and mercy.
Lord, You own everything. Thank You for leaving it all to ransom our souls so we could be with You forever. Forgive us for being so focused on temporal provisions and concerns and not trusting Your provision and seeing our greatest need of all – You.