Friday, July 24, 2015

Lectionary Reflection: With God, We Are never Poor

This Sunday's Lectionary Readings: 2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-18; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21

This week’s lectionary readings have one common thread: God is able to provide for our needs beyond what our limited mind can imagine or think. From feeding 100 with only 20 loaves and some grains to feeding five thousands men (not counting women and children) with only five loaves and two fish, Paul says in Ephesians 3:20 that God is “able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.” 

For those believers who have little in this world, we are never poor simply because we have a infinitely rich God. Even Elisha the “poor” prophet was able to feed 100 men and Jesus who “for your sake became poor” (2 Cor. 8:9) was able to feed 5,000 men. This week’s lectionary readings remind us that no Christian is ever poor because even when we have little of this world, we will not lack anything because we have a God of infinite riches.

So, all Christians, no matter how we are classified—whether middle-class, upper class or lower class or no class—we are always rich in Christ because we have a rich Father. But we don’t need to feel rich only after we have earned our first million and able to get our hands on the steering wheel of a brand new BMW. No, when we walk by faith, we are already richer than Bill Gates, the richest man on earth because we have God. 

As Paul says in 1 Cor 3:21-23, “So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.” Unlike Bill Gates who has to leave his riches behind when he dies, we believers will inherit everything in this Universe when we die. 

So though we may be outwardly poor, we are blessed because we have inherited the kingdom: “Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 5:5). So the Apostle Paul affirms likewise that though treated by others "as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything” (2 Cor 6:10).

In the realm of faith, the truly rich people are those who have Christ in their hearts for they have inherited the kingdom.

Father, thank You that as Your children we are never poor because we have a infinitely rich Father who has bestowed upon us the kingdom. Amen.

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