Sunday, November 30, 2014


Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 28

(We at Project Dream Again hope these sermonettes bring some measure of peace to your soul and maybe spark a thought you then share with someone else in your life.) 

Scripture Lesson for Today:

Matthew 5:3 (NIV)
 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 6:20 (NIV)
Looking at his disciples, he said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
    for yours is the kingdom of God.

Sermonette for Today:

Matthew and Luke do not record this saying of Jesus the same.  That is why some people down through the ages have advocated for voluntary poverty as a way of piety.  However, Jesus never says anywhere that being rich is a problem or a sin.  He does say that money can make it harder to get into the Kingdom, but we also know that poverty can destroy lives.  What point was Jesus trying to make?

Instead of trying to decide which one is the most accurate let us agree that maybe Jesus said them both.  Jesus would be telling us that there is nothing immoral about being poor and at the same time telling us that putting our all faith in God is a good thing.

Psalm 69:32 (NIV)
The poor will see and be glad—
    you who seek God, may your hearts live!

Psalm 34:6 (NIV)
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.

If we humble ourselves before the Lord it does not matter if we are rich or poor we are all one before Him.  We need to act as if this is the truth that is in our hearts.

Prayer for Today:

Our Heavenly Father, May we learn to look at the poor as your children and to begin to see them as our brothers and sisters. Help us to learn how to witness to our loved ones and to the people we know and who we come in contact with in our daily lives. Amen.

© Ed Cooper, November 30, 2014, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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