Poverty – state at which one lacks the means to satisfy their basic needs. These means are usually associated with money or material possessions. However, poverty is not lack of money or material possessions, it is spiritual bankruptcy. Spiritual wealth is an actual basic need for all humanity. It is said that when a spiritually wealthy person becomes bankrupt today, they will surely make the money again. However, a rich person who is spiritually bankrupt, should they lose all the money they have, it’ll be a mission to get back up.
One may then ask, why are there so many poor people who are in Christ. The concept of poor according to the world and poor in biblical standard differs. That is why you have people who take the vow of poverty. You can be monetary or materially rich and be in poverty. You can be monetary poor and still be richer than the one who is monetary rich if you are spiritually wealthy. Therefore, poverty is a state of mind.
Jesus in the beatitudes says, blessed are the poor in spirit for the kingdom of heaven is theirs – Mat 5:3. In a number of times we hear that He instructs that the poor be taken care of because these are the wealthy of the kingdom of God, having inherited it in spirit. Jesus Himself while on earth, an heir of the kingdom chose to be poor for the sake of man, yet He was the King of the wealthiest Kingdom ever in existence. The poor in spirit are physically poor but spiritually rich. Poor in spirit means rich in faith and faith is the currency of the kingdom of God. Jesus said the poor you will always have, meaning they have to exist on earth, but they have already inherited the kingdom. They live by faith; therefore, they are rich in heavenly currency. With that currency they can have anything the Father wills.
Which explains why scripture instructs that the poor be taken care of. When you give to the poor you are giving to the kingdom of God and God will reward you. He that has pity upon the poor lends to the Lord; and that which he has given He will repay him with. Proverbs 19:17. Denying them is robbing the kingdom. In Ephesians 4:28 says, let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. They are the treasure of the kingdom of God on earth. Jesus while on earth, in the worldly concept of poor, He was poor. However, because of His spiritual wealth, He never lacked. We see that when they challenged Him to pay temple tax (Matthew 17:24-27), He showed us that lacking money is not our actual challenge. He sent Peter to go and get money from a fish. In fact, wealthy people invited Him to their households. Him and His disciples had women who were moving with them up and down ministering to their needs with their possessions. The Apostles also when they fully embarked on their ministry journey, scripture tells us that they lacked nothing. Yet they were no longer fishermen or businessmen, but fishers of men.
Poverty, is a state of mind and is a jail cell. It imprisons one with fear, fear of losing what they have or fear of not having altogether. It makes you a slave of money. You chase after it day and night willing to compromise anything you value or stand for. Even when you have it, it is never enough because as you use it, it is diminishing. Ecclesiastes 5:10 says, He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income. The insecurity forces one to constantly chase after it. That is the whole purpose of business today, to chase after money in order to sustain lavish lifestyles.
There is no such thing as middle class because they are the entrapped poor. Locked in the system by the Spirit of the Gibeonite. They are the “poor” that work, earn a salary and meet their daily demands but they never lack shelter nor food, which are what we call basic needs. They are trapped in a rat race designed to destruct people from finding their true identity and true wealth, spiritual wealth. At worst, the “poor” begs and the word of God instructs that work so you may have something to give to them. Imagine that! The one who works is instructed to give to the one who is begging on the streets or is “poor”. Who is the slave between the two then?
For one to get access to their basic need, spiritual wealth they need means. Lack of these means is actual poverty. The earth and everything in it belongs to God. Meaning that even the little that we are all striving for, that has been made available to the world, belongs to God and has distributed it according to His power. We are all striving for a piece in it because we do not know the riches of the kingdom of God. He told Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:25 that all the kingdoms on earth are His and He gives them to whoever He wishes.
Jesus said in John 16:15 all that the Father has is mine: that is why I said the Spirit will take from me and establish it to you. That is why a poor person can move from being poor to wealth because of the Spirit and the will of God. We have the inheritance already in Christ. We need not strive for the little crumbs of cake on earth through ambition. All we need to do to get all things added to us is to have a relationship with Christ who has already inherited the Kingdom, as well as obey the Holy Spirit. He has already promised us that whatever is His, the Holy Spirit will establish it to us. He is the shepherd that leads us to green pastures. His inheritance is available to us only by obedience to the Holy Spirit. We are God’s children who are hungry for wealth and success and striving for it day by day only because we cannot submit ourselves to obedience.
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. – John 5:24
Our inheritance is in obedience. The word of God is our Canaan, our inheritance. When we do it, apply it in our lives we then see the inheritance unravel in front of our eyes.
May we be the doers of the word!