Our View of OthersBro. David Chancellor
12/11/2005 11:00 AM
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor…
God has made many promises to the poor. God has blessed most of us with a comfortable situation. This scripture speaks of the poor as “heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised.” God doesn’t excuse sin in the poor anymore than he does the rich. Many times the poor are left out of the things of this world, but no one is left out of the plan of salvation. All people have equal opportunity for salvation. God cares about all mankind.
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor; for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now; for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now; for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
The poor are blessed; “for yours is the kingdom of God.” When we become part of the kingdom of God, something is received in the heart. God gives us a spiritual blessing when we come to him. Material blessings don’t provide lasting joy. The business world realizes that raises aren’t satisfiers. Real joy is found in God. Riches won’t make you happy. Happiness is found in the soul satisfaction that God gives.
Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
John had come and prepared the way for Christ. He had done a real work for God. In his discouragement, he asked Jesus if he was the one. Jesus told John’s disciples to go and tell him what they’d seen, especially that “the poor have the gospel preached to them.” People often look for those who can advance their cause. We need to let the poor know that God has come for them, too. Jesus came to the home of a carpenter, was born in a stable. He came to the lowly so that he could preach the gospel to the poor.
Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest? And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.
This is a promise of the coming of Christ, and the kingdom for the poor. “And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” Christ came and fulfilled this. The “important” ones and those in high positions rejected Jesus. A few of these ones saw the Holy One of Israel, but most that followed were common, everyday people.
We can’t purchase our salvation through money or good works. It is because of Christ that we’re able to walk with God. Even a homeless person can walk with God.
Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
What can we give to God? All we give, we’re giving back to the one that provided it. We’ve received everything that we have. When you first start out, some doors have to be opened for you. We’re not “self-made.” Things were given to us. God only saves those who come and throw themselves on his mercy, those that come void of self-importance, looking for help. If we would find God, we have to come and say, “God, I can’t do this myself, I need you.” When we come this way, he has promised to save and help. The gospel brings us all to this common place: We need God to meet our needs.
There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
“There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing…” There are many that have been financially successful, but have nothing. Some have an outlook that focuses solely on money, but not on people. Some would look for ways to help people. You can make yourself rich, but be lost and alone. “…there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches…” The one that pushes aside things to focus on God gains something better than riches. Jesus came for those who have nothing to give. He came to give to us. He came for the lowliest among us. He came for all mankind.
“But ye despise the poor…” We don’t want to be among those that despise the poor. Many of the poor can’t help the situation they’ve been born to. God would have us carry the gospel to all mankind. We want to help and encourage the poor where we can. God showed his love to us when we were lost and without hope. We need to show his love to those that are lost and without hope.