Good News to the Poor

Jesus tells us we will always have the poor with us. There is literal poverty. And there is spiritual poverty. All of us face poverty of one kind or another. How? Think about where it is in your life that you are faced with what you are not. What do you lack? Physical resources? Perhaps. More than likely we, living in America, are facing spiritual poverty. What is it that you continue to bump up against in your journey with Christ? God is looking for people who are willing to be honest about this. Where are the places in your life where you feel neglected or forgotten? These are likely the places of poverty in your heart. The good news (promised in Isaiah, and fulfilled in Christ) is that Jesus became poor so that we may become rich. God not only sees our situation, he acts on our behalf. In God's economy, there is no differentiation between people's access to God. All are equal and have access. Because God is just, he quickly steps in to defend the poor. This means that, though all have equal access, it is actually those who are the poorest who may have the easiest time accessing God. This is good news to those who lack! God wants to display his glory through your transformed life. What would speak more of his glory than his redemption in the midst of your deepest poverty? Isaiah 61:1
Good News to the Poor
April 22, 2007
Central City — Rick Mckinley