YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE! (2)
*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE! (2)*
Prov 13: 7b *"......there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
A poor man can be rich in things other than money.
Proverbs 13:7 tells us two sides of human choices, namely:
The first man in the proverb chose to be rich but actually had nothing of value. The second man chose to be poor but had true wealth.
We looked at the first part yesterday. We will look at the second part today.
Jesus' letter to the church in Laodicea that they think they are rich, but are poor and wretched gives us an insight that a man that seems to appear to everyone as a rich man is actually poor though he is appearing wealthy for popularity. Only a spiritual eye could see this.
Prov 13: 7b is not encouraging that we make ourselves poor.
God wants us to be well-to-do in this world.
There are a few lessons we can learn:
First, no one would want to make himself poor, but a rich man may appear poor, yet he is rich.
Second, you may deprive yourself of an immediate need for the sake of the Kingdom's urgent request. In this case, you are considered rich unto God. This is to say that a rich man could deprive himself of something he wants for what the Kingdom of God's needs.
Third, a poor man not having enough money can be rich in other things.
For example, wisdom is better than money (Pr 3:14; 8:11,19; 16:16). Little with the fear of the Lord is better than treasures with trouble (Pr 15:16).
The poor can be rich in service to the Lord
Though money answers all thing, but great movers and changers who have notably impacted the world's economy, science, technology, etc, were not people of great affluence.
What way have you made sacrifices like the poor, though you are rich in all things?
Moses, rich in Egyptian education and upbringing, traded riches and pleasure of Egypt for affliction and reproach as a Hebrew slave-deliverer (Heb 11:24-26).
*Call to Word action.*
The only thing we can take with us is the good impact we have made in the Kingdom of God while we were on this earth.
*The Christian clarion duty.*
What costly choices have you made to follow Jesus Christ?
Lord, help me not to cling on to any earthly possession to the detriment of the Kingdom's urgent needs in Jesus name.
Good morning, and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.