Maturity Matters

We should never treat a poor person poorly — God is watching

Mature Judgment
Is it Better to be Poor? – Part 2

Scripture Reading: Luke 14:12-14

Key Verse: James 2:5

Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?

As we continue looking at the question of whether it’s better to be poor than rich in God’s eyes, let’s remember that Jesus came for all people.  The Bible says it’s God’s will for everyone to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4).  Let’s look at some advantages of the poor when it comes to being right with God.  First, the poor have a deep sense of need, and therefore are more likely to turn to God.  The poor are not loved any more than the rich people are by God.  However, no one can be saved until they chose to turn to God for His help.  Rich people often struggle to feel any need for help from anyone.

Secondly, the poor have an advantage over the rich, as far as being right with God, because they are usually more humble.  Rich people struggle with humility.  It’s not impossible to be rich and humble, but it is a struggle.  The poor have so little to tempt them to be proud.  It is true that pride can be in the heart of a poor person, but it is rarer than in a rich person’s heart.

Knowing that it is the poor that God watches over and provides for, when they look to Him for help, should tell us something.  We should never treat a poor person poorly—God is watching.  And we should never treat a rich person as special simply because they are rich or famous—God is watching.  Let’s determine to put all effort into treating everyone with equal love.

Father, with your help I will treat everyone that crosses my path today with equal love and attention.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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