Monday, October 12th, 2015
Poor People (Part 14)
The wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
Proverbs 13:22 (NASB)
But Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard left in the land of Judah the poor people, who had nothing, and gave them vineyards and fields at the same time.
Jeremiah 39:10 (NKJV)
Peter spoke up, 'We have left everything to follow you!'
'Truly I tell you,' Jesus replied, 'No one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for Me and the Gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields - along with persecutions - and in the age to come, eternal life.'
Mark 10:28-30 (NIV)
I've had just enough wealth to learn one thing: rich people aren't happy with their riches. The thrill of a new buy doesn't last long. Pretty soon, they're shopping for their next fix: something newer, faster or more lovely.
On the other Hand (God's righteous right Hand), poor people can be content with little. Their joy in new blessings is pure delight. Without fail, they're thanking God for His help: the benefits He gives to them daily.
But Peter begged the details of his rewards. Our Lord's answer to him was amazingly specific. If earth's poor people are servants for God, their abundant bounty will overflow. They won't have to wait for Heaven's fortune. They'll receive favor in this present age. But along with it come persecutions.
Is hardship our price tag for a great life? If so, didn't Jesus pay it for us? Yes, but consider it: God's servants have Good News to spread in a hardhearted world. Some amount of bruising is expected.
'In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world' (John 16:33).
If we count our blessings: our family in Christ, the homes with open doors, the fields in which we rise, then we must realize: regardless of money, we're already wealthy.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Poor People series.