What is it that we need? Nutritious food, clean water, clothes, shelter, safety, the support and love of others, and, most importantly, relationship with Jesus Christ.
The tendency is to deny that we are. It's hard to admit that we are. I know the poor will always be with us (Mt. 26:11) but I don't like it and it doesn't seem fair. If I can convince myself that we're not (and there were times we had a lot less than we do now) I'm just lying to myself. I've never been truly poor a single day of my life.
I am not going to lie to my children because with the truth comes responsibility and I don't want them to shirk their responsibility because they've been lied to or lie to themselves.
While this passage gives me the chills, there is no ignoring it.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
We need to take these verses very seriously, however we might interpret them. We need to pray over them and ask God what we can offer- what of our lives, our finances and our resources. It may not always be clear- we have many voices telling us that we earned it, we deserve it and the have-nots...have not. Those voices help no one.
Instead, we need to be honest with ourselves and our children. And then we need to take very seriously our richness, commit it to God and be ready to give in whatever way He calls us. And if we don't hear an audible "call", we need to do what we know His Spirit is leading us towards anyway.
No matter how uncomfortable it makes us.
This may seem cooky, but if you're brave and you can, take this pledge with me in the comments below: I am rich and I'm going to do something about it. You define what that "something" will be.
Let's stop pretending we aren't just to make ourselves feel better and to justify sitting on our hands (and wallets). We were created for so much more. Pin It