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Embracing God's Promise of Abundance When Hardship Endures
Make Me Poor
by Jenny on March 7th, 2016

"Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn't God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith?" James 2:5

I have so much.

I woke up this morning in a large bedroom all to myself. I sleep in a bed high off the ground. Its a bed with blankets, sheets and more than one pillow. I sleep under a fan, under a roof and between four walls which keep out bugs (disease carrying bugs, anyway). My children enjoy the same privileges.

I have running water--hot and cold. No need to walk to a well to fetch what water my children and I can carry home. I have food in my pantry. No need to toil the ground to grow my own food, except for pure pleasure.

I have electricity. And because I have electricity and all the aforementioned luxuries I can--and do--arise early to spend time with God in His Word. I normally spend seven days a week, one to two hours each morning in God's Word.

But what do I have to show for all my time with Him?

Compassion?

Generosity?

Can others tell, as the council could of Peter and John in Acts 4, that I have been with Jesus? Because sometimes I think the believers who seem to have so little actually have so much more of God.

I think of the pastor in Congo who during a time of war housed 73 people in his home. He shared with these people the food he had for his family. He divided the food equally among 73 people, including his own seven children. I grow bitter when a neighborhood friend wants to stay for pizza on Friday night because then there are less slices to fill my kids' bellies.

I think of the offerings brought to the front of a church in Rwanda: a basket full-to-the-top-almost-overflowing of beans, vegetables, beautiful, African-soil-grown produce, 8' tall sugar cane poles with the roots still attached, carried by a petite woman who walked on foot from her home in the village, and a live chicken, not for sacrifice but for food or egg production. I give 10% to my local church. But I don't give until it hurts.

I don't mean to glamorize 3rd world living. It's hard; more strenuous than I care to imagine or endure. God has blessed my family and me, much in the same way I assume He has blessed you. I am grateful for God's blessings and truthfully don't want to go without them. But like the Rich Man in Luke 18 sometimes my blessings get in the way of my relationship with God.

I spent an hour and a half with God today. But can I tell you what I read? Do I have even one verse memorized to carry me through my day? Or do I take God's Word for granted thinking, "Well, if I need to recall a verse, I can walk over to the couch and grab my Bible. Better yet, I can just pull it up on my fully-charged phone."

To whom much has been given, much is required.

Lord, help me not just to give more money but to give You my heart, my life as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). I hesitate to ask because I really like my things . . . but make me poor. At the very least take away my tendency to find security in my things, and teach me instead to depend on and to live more like You.


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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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