Saturday, August 06, 2005

# 42: Was Jesus a Pauper? And More

True wealth is not how much one has, but what one is. That kind of wealth can’t be lost. Nobody was wealthier than Jesus Christ, and He owned nothing more than the clothing on His back. What made Him wealthy was that He knew He was the Son of God, and lived accordingly. Why did Jesus come as a pauper and not with the material wealth and dignity we have come to know as royalty? One reason: Jesus was the epitome of selfless love. If Jesus came as a wealthy messiah, as the Jews expected, how long could He hang on to His material wealth while living in a palatial mansion and with all the needy in Israel, and still be able to say that He loved the poor? Could He have eaten a scrumptious meal while watching bystanders who were hungry and without fish or bread and still say, “I love you and have come to tell you how important the poor are to my Father”?

It is impossible to have many more possessions than one’s immediate needs and still honestly say, “I care for the needy as Jesus did, whenever I have extra.” The main part of His ministry was not feeding the poor; although, if He and His disciples had extra, they did give to the poor.

His main purpose was to display the power and love of God; that is the job He left for us. Along with that, He proclaimed that mankind was made to become powerful gods—our spiritual genetic inheritance. He was a God man. He came to us as an EXAMPLE of the potential that humans have through the power of belief in—and obedience to—God. Are you and I a god men/women? If not, why not?

In a perfect environment where everyone is concerned with everyone else’s needs, a person would not desire to do evil, though because everyone has free will, they still could be disobedient. That is the reason God must be absolutely certain that we are not in the least bit selfish before He brings us with Him. SELFISHNESS is the root of all evil, although in America we have changed its negative connotation into a positive one, by calling it “The good life.”

All the goodness that Jesus accomplished in His thirty-three years on earth, He, by God’s grace, gives to us. If we can believe that fact, then what we do with it depends on whether we truly believe those words of Jesus. That is the primary and transcending motive to live like Jesus Christ. How else could anyone live and still believe they actually possess the life of Jesus? The lost don’t care to hear any more about Christ; they have heard enough of that baloney. What would truly knock them of their feet would be to see Jesus in person (in us).

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