Worldly Concerns, But Heavenly Focus
Luke 6:20-26 states, “Then he looked up at his disciples and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.”
The passages don’t speak of being materially poor due to uncontrollable circumstances, but of being materially poor by choice because of a selflessness and love for others. This involves denying yourself of things that would normally satisfy your earthly desires for the sake of providing others comfort. It’s a case of selflessness and real love. We don’t really have top be literally poor materially, but we have to be willing to share what we have with those who are in need, no matter who they are, be it beggars or friends. Wealth is a tool for us to bring joy to the people around us to remind them that the Lord exists and loves them. It is the act of giving that brings joy to people, and not the material wealth itself.
Aside from this, we are called to be have a strong childlike faith in God, and unbending in our ways, and never giving in to sin, even if it results in being unpopular, losing your career, hopes and dreams in this world. The Lord would rather want us to lose all these rather than us losing our chance of being blessed with eternal happiness and peace with Him in His heavenly kingdom.
We are constantly reminded in the bible that we have to “seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set our minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for we have died, and our life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life is revealed, then we also will be revealed with him in glory.” as stated from Colossians 3, as with among the many existing bible passages that remind us so.
When God rewards us, the reward is always related to our life thereafter, and probably partly our life here, so that we and others may believe in Him. What we have achieved here on earth are insignificant to Him. What resides in our hearts and how we have acted from within our hearts in relation to our faith in God is what He’s interested in. While we may end up being unsuccessful in helping others, it’s the thought and the amount of effort that count to the Lord, not the results.
It is not wrong to desire for a mansion if that mansion is planned to house the homeless. It is not a sin to ask for great things to satisfy a great desire, as long as that desire is born out of love for others and not of ones’ self. It is not wrong to ask for abundance for ourselves, that we may bless others with the blessing that we receive, and provide jobs for others as well.
It is not wrong to be rich, as long as we share our blessings with those in need when situation calls for it, and we have a genuinely passionate heart for helping others who are not as blessed. It is not a sin to be involved in worldly things as long as you bring the love of God to others in what you do. In doing so, you bring heaven close to yourself and others.
The bottom line is we have to always be focused in the Lord and His ways, rather than our own selves.
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