Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Poor People (Part 4)
The thief does not come except to steal...
John 10:10 (NKJV)*
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.
1 John 2:16 (NKJV)
Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
1 Timothy 6:9 (NKJV)
By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words...
2 Peter 2:3 (NKJV)
To exploit people is to use them selfishly for profit, like paying desperately poor people the tiniest wage, like payday loan shops charging exorbitant interest rates, like get-rich-quick schemes making the rich richer and poor, poorer, like smugglers taking desperate refugees for all they've got...
Like trafficking young girls as if they are merely merchandize, like over-selling makeup to women who don't feel pretty, like urging people to buy things they don't need through phony ads, like injecting chemicals in foods to make men hungrier, like editing the Gospel to plump up pastor pocketbooks.
The exploitation of poor people began when Satan tempted Eve. She wasn't poor at all, but the enemy made her think she might be... lacking a lovely, tasty tidbit with the hidden knowledge of God.
Note this order: Before the thief kills and destroys, he steals.* From whom? Those who are poor or consider themselves to be poor. Therefore, God's performers come for the same reason Jesus came: to help poor people and show them the way to abundant life.
What's the best way to follow Jesus? First, do what He did. Make yourself poor.
To Be Continued...
* 'The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly' (John 10:10).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Poor People series.