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What Does The Bible Say About The Poor?

Christianity is for everyone, and it is not an established religion for the rich. Jesus Christ Himself came to bring comfort to the poor. Regardless of what your economic status is, Jesus Christ is sufficient and is more than enough to save you and bring you great joy. He has come to provide great news to all, and He has a heart for the poor. In 2 Corinthians 8:9, we read, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake, he became poor so that you by his poverty might become rich.” (ESV) 

The Bible is clear that Jesus didn’t come to comfort the rich or the well-to-do individuals. He has not even come to bring good tidings to the good or righteous people, but to sinners (Mark 2:17). It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor, Jesus Christ can provide you eternal peace and joy that is priceless. If we read the Bible carefully, we will discover that it has many great paradoxes. It says that Jesus can make the weak strong, the guilty become justified, the first shall be the last, the fool becomes wise, and the poor become rich. For people who think their lives are worthless, in Jesus Christ, it is truly valuable―valuable enough that He paid all of our debts on that cross. 

Matthew 5:3-4 tells us that Jesus blesses those that are poor in spirit and that He brings comfort to those who mourn. The good news that Jesus Christ brings is not limited to a certain group of people. So long as you have faith in Him, He can give you a life full of joy, peace, and love. The love that Jesus Christ brings is priceless. The salvation that He has brought to His children has immeasurable worth.  

It is important to note that 2 Corinthians 8:9 tells us that Christ became poor and that He identified with the poor, and He did this in order for us to be rich. But this richness is more than just owning luxurious properties and belongings. The richness in Christ is an abundant spiritual resource from now to eternity. When Jesus said that the poor are blessed, He was saying that the poor will receive blessings; He meant that the poor are not forgotten. God comes in alongside the poor, and theirs is the Kingdom of God (Luke 6:20). In 1 Timothy 6:5, the Bible warns us about how dangerous it is to become rich in the physical world. 

Blessed are the Poor

The poor are dependent and they know that they are in need. Poor Christians love to seek help from God, asking for divine provisions. The prayers of the poor are sincere and often desperate. And Jesus Christ hears the cry of the poor. The Lord listens to those who are in need. Jesus is always willing to provide them with all their needs. Jesus Christ gives them more than what they need. Besides offering the poor their basic needs, God gives them the fruit of the Spirit such as love, peace, and joy. 

Luke 18:24 tells us how difficult it is for rich people to enter the Kingdom of God. We have heard that it is easier for the camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the rich to enter heaven. So what does the Bible tells us about this? Money and material things are a much greater danger than poverty. Poor Christians are blessed. They know how to be content and their thanksgivings are overflowing. The Lord loves those people who call upon His name and depend on His grace. A Christian might be experiencing poverty, but during the time of Jesus Christ’s return, they will be able to inherit the earth and become fellow heirs with Christ. 

If you are a Christian and poor, then you need to know that Jesus Christ is your treasure. Yes, He is your King, Savior, hope, friend, and future. Believe it or not, even if you are very poor, if you believe in Christ, you are richer than the richest billionaire who does not believe in the Word of God. God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Jesus Christ. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you. Do you want food and shelter? Seek God. Do you need strength and wisdom? Seek God. Do you want to be able to live a happy life despite poverty and insufficiencies? Seek God. Always remember that the poor are at no disadvantage. The Bible tells us that they are blessed. Seek God and you will be rewarded. 

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