Guess What the 1st Beatitudes says:
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 6 tells us more in regards to giving to the needy not to act in order to be seen by men & not announce it with trumpets. For this is what hypocrites do to be honored by men & that is their reward. When giving doesn’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing so that giving may be done in secret. Then you’re Father who sees what’s done in secret, will reward you. Even with all that being said, Paul teaches us that1 Cor. 13:3 explains If I give all I posses, to the poor & surrender my body to the flames but have not love I gain nothing. What a powerful statement lines with passion of fire. The rich & Poor have one thing in common: The Lord is a maker of them all. No wait, the poor man & the oppressor have 2 in common; The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both & both ears to hear the Lords voice. A rich man may be wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has discernment sees through him.
Prov.28 goes on to tells us it’s better for a poor man whose walk is blameless, than a rich man whose ways are reverse. He who gives to the poor will lack nothing but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses. Who really cares about the homeless, the Salvation Army organization, the Downtown Rescue Mission, gov’t project housing & 3rd world countries? Only the righteous care about justice for the poor but the wicked have no such concern says Gods word. James warns us regarding showing favoritism because of how someone dresses. Has God not chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith & to inherit the kingdom He promised those who love him. A perfect self-reflection question is one whose hands & clothes are dirty. Are they not equal in Christ to one whose designer’s threads & jewelry sparkle as they prance around? Can the rich truly inherit the Kingdom of God? In the parable the rich young man that Mathew mentions, if you want to be made whole go sell your possessions & give to the poor. Then you will have treasures in Heaven by follow Jesus. Jesus wanted this young dude to become richer than his wildest imagination. Knowing that this rich prince couldn’t do that, so He told his disciples it’s hard for the rich to enter the kingdom: it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom. Deuteronomy 15 freely lend to whatever he needs giving generously & doing so without a grudging heart, then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work & everything you put your hand to. There will always be poor people in the land.
Therefore I command you to open toward your brothers & towards the poor & needy in your land, is what my Bible says. What is the greatest sacrifice & gift to mankind? 2 Cor. 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. How amazing for a King & ruler overall the earth & heavens to belittle Himself, suffer, & give up a life of luxury in order to understand mankind. In doing so bless them with eternal life, the greatest wealth of all. Prov. 14:23 all hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. This is the ultimate lesson of implementing vs. planning. Prov 13:18 He who ignores discipline comes to poverty & shame but whoever heeds correction is honored. Lets make sense of the senseless. All His relatives how much more do his friends desert him since he has nothing to offer them Pro: 19:7 a poor man. Simple truth; the rich get richer & the poor get poorer but no man or women can take gold, silver, houses, cars, cash or rolled coins in round 2 of life.