Saturday, March 26, 2016

Rich Poverty

There are two kinds of poverty. The poor poverty is caused by folly and yields futility. It's the kind of poverty we're all familiar with. But, there is another poverty that is rich and is caused by wisdom. It's the poverty yields an abundant harvest that endures through eternity.

Jesus said blessed are the poor. I don't think he meant to say that to be poor in itself is a blessing. What he meant was that being poor is a means to a kind of blessing that cannot be bought with riches. He was talking about a rich poverty.

In finance, the concept of investing portrays this rich poverty. A portion of wealth is given away so that it can yield a return at a future point in time. A temporary loss is voluntarily incurred for a yield that is many times greater.

As sons and daughters of the kingdom of God, we must see the potential returns that are to come in the return of Christ. If we deem it to be sure, then we can boldly invest in ways that make us presently poor. Christian poverty must be well calculated through faith, and those who believe in Jesus as the Son of God who is to return will do well to become poor for his sake. Therefore, Jesus indeed is proven correct in saying blessed are the poor.

Let us become poor not through folly but through sound investment in the kingdom of God. In so doing, we will invest in treasures in heaven that will never be taken away from us. Treasures that will last for eternity.

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