Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, January 7th, 2012
A Poverty Mind
I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.
Luke 19:26 (NAS)
When I first read this conclusion in the 'Parable of Money Usage,' I was surprised. It seemed unfair, and God is never unfair. He is the King of fairness. But where does this judgment leave poor people today? Why are they poor? What about good people just scraping by?

Scripture says we are to help the poor, but that didn't stop questions from popping into my mind. So I sorted through scriptures dealing with money, rich people, and poor people.

Jesus said, 'For you always have the poor with you' (Matthew 26:11). But why? God teaches us, but His words stand in opposition to this world's value system. They can feel like a foreign language.

When Jesus healed ten lepers, only one, a Samaritan, came back to thank Him. Jesus asked, 'Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?' (Luke 17:18).

On this earth, we are foreigners. But when we surrender to God, we 'Are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the Household of God' (Ephesians 2:19). We must learn His language.

Only God's language makes both true sense and true cents. In the case of poor people losing the little they have or good people with never enough, it's all about sowing and reaping. It's about a poverty mentality. It's about not trusting God enough to give Him our money or that He will give back more to us. It's about faith.

'He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly' (2 Corinthians 9:6). Even in the world's system, cunning businessmen spend more in a recession. They say, 'It takes money to make money.' God says, 'He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully' (2 Corinthians 9:6).

Therefore, we shall 'Be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves' (Matthew 10:16), as we step out in faith: tithing, investing, giving, and growing God's talents.

We deny a poverty mind; we receive the mind of Christ.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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