Poverty isn’t what we think it is…

Have you ever heard that the persecuted believers of other nations pity us?

The ones who have to hide to worship Jesus underground or in a tar-paper shack pity us, in our multi-million dollar homes and church facilities.

Why?

I think that although a lot of the countries where persecution is real  are poorer, they are really the wealthy ones. We are the poor ones. 

I think true poverty falls on the ones who can’t seem to let go of the American dream, climbing that ladder, clambering to be heard and to sit at the head table. {Tweet this!}

The wealthy in spirit are those who have nothing. Their very faith in God could put them in prison but still trust in God like it’s all up to Him.

We should commit to boldly and persistently pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters! We should ask God how we Americans need to wake up and humble ourselves as the collective. How we need to seek His face like never before.

2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Luke 14, “When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave them this advice: “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited? The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!

“Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Philippians 2, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!”

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4 thoughts on “Poverty isn’t what we think it is…

  1. Thank you for this awesome reminder! It’s amazing (though I’m sure no coincidence) that God has revealed both of these scripture verses to me in the past week. He also showed me the verse from Matthew 5 which says blessed are the poor, for they shall inherit the riches of the kingdom. I pray for a blessed day for you 🙂

    • Wow. God’s cool like that. Thanks for sharing Joe! It’s always encouraging to hear how God confirms in each of us a theme He wants the “big-C ‘Church’” to know and work on. I was also thinking of Matthew 5… shame on me for thinking we could ever post “too many” references in a row. Praise God for that reminder!
      I hope you have a great day, too!

  2. This humble spirit reminds of Peter at the final Passover supper with Jesus. Laying out all the positions from the biblical descriptions, Peter – who was the eldest of the apostles, and always named first – took the most humble position, at the foot of the table. He was seated furthest from Jesus. This allowed the youngest – John – to sit next to Him – one of the two positions of honor. Who took the other position next to Jesus? Judas.

    • Very true! It’s so easy to step right up in life to the head… without realizing it! I love how Jesus challenges us to humble ourselves, + wait for Him to exalt us.

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