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Topic: Poor (10/25/04)
TITLE: Let the poor say that they are rich.
By Ma. Hannah Sanchez
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This is the list that she gave us.
1.) Material poverty
2.) Emotional poverty
3.) Societal poverty
4.) Physiological poverty
5.) Intellectual poverty
6.) Spiritual poverty
From this list, can we really say that there is someone who is really rich in every aspect? This list may be considered as a kinder garden lesson but it does hold some sense in it.
Some people can be multi-millionaires but are very poor in their health (physiological poverty). They spend most of their money to live longer. Some maybe very smart in class but lacks the love of the people he or she desires (emotional poverty). Other children may have all the freedom that other children dream have but has no food to eat and just wonder around the streets like the street children (material poverty). These children have become so dirty that society despises to be with them (societal poverty). Others could be have been born in a very good family but were born with mental defects that made them dumb or a little bit crazy (intellectual poverty). While others still can have all the things the things the world can offer but live their lives in darkness (spiritual poverty).
When anyone will hear the term “poor” I am sure that 99.9% will think of people who are materially poor. Yet I have come to realize that being poor or rich is not on how much of the world do you have but on how much you store for the Lord. Indeed every one of us is poor in most aspects of our lives. Humanly speaking, man will always be poor because man will always be unsatisfied. It is a truth when the Bible declares that “The eye never has enough of seeing nor the ear its fill of hearing” (Ecclesiastes 1:8b).
Yet despite the undeniable facts, believers in Christ know that they are rich not because of wealth but because of God’s grace. Indeed, it is by his grace that those who are saved are able to store riches that are imperishable in the kingdom of heaven.
It is because of His death and resurrection that the poor are able to say that they are rich.