Blessed Are the Rich …

Proverbs 19:4

Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

New Warnings

In light of some of Jesus’ words, this verse makes little sense.

23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 19:23

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:3

The verse today seems to say “Blessed are the rich, and how hard it is for the poor!”

And it is.

Different Thinking

This proverb is stating something that is obvious to almost everyone.

When someone has money, it is pretty easy for them to make friends. They appear more trustworthy, and they can give the best gifts.

Wealth seems to give people confidence, so they will not worry about the small things in life. There is a tendency to handle finances well (Think of the book written by a wealthy man, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”), and this builds good credit and more wealth.

When someone has little money, they may still make friends, but they may not always be considered trustworthy (whether or not this is justified).

Being poor tends to draw away from confidence, because they need to worry about the small things in life (they seem much bigger). They may not handle their finances well, and, as evidenced in the past five years, they will be literally separated from their neighbors through foreclosure and/or eviction.

Thinking Differently

Regardless of our financial circumstances, may we change our mindset to things above.

When we are poor in love, mercy, and grace toward each other, it proves we are poor in love for God. We will find ourselves ultimately separated from God (who called Christians “friends” in John 15:15).

When we are rich in love, mercy, and grace toward each other, it proves we are rich in love for God. We enter into a fellowship with God and a family of millions throughout history.

Father, give us financial wisdom, but more importantly increase our wealth in love, mercy, and grace. May our friends be eternal in You.

About Daniel M. Klem

I am a product of the '80's (meaning I was born in that decade) and married to the most beautiful woman I know since 2009 (beautiful in appearance and as a woman of God). I graduated in the spring of 2013 from Grand Canyon University with a Christian Leadership major, and now I am a student at Phoenix Seminary. Also, most importantly, Jesus saved me ... and you. View all posts by Daniel M. Klem

2 responses to “Blessed Are the Rich …

  • backthewaywecame

    I use small “stickies” to keep track of the location of my scripture readings. This morning I checked one as I did not recall marking this page with a sticky. It was 1 John 3:17 –
    “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in Him?

    Our congregation is split into small groups so that we can care for one another more easily (called home groups, cell groups, life groups…). We are going through Acts, and especially chapter 2:42. At the moment we are especially focusing on the meaning of “”fellowship.” What does it mean to love one another and have fellowship?
    The subject of caring for those among us who are financially strapped, came up. Especially one couple who had literally walked all the way from Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to South Africa, to escape the war in that region. The corruption in a certain government department here in Johannesburg means they are totally dependent upon us for food, For to gain anything from the relevant government departments they will have to pay huge bribes (the wife is an attorney, the husband is qualified in human resources and payroll officer in the DRC. [they lost two children at one of the borders, but since then they have been found and are living with a couple in Zimbabwe, but it’s a tragic separation]).
    Last week our cell group discussed how to continue caring for this couple and their two children. Someone said they could not cope with the situation. Nevertheless, all donations will go to them via our elders.
    For a few years I, too, had been in a desperate situation, unable to find work. It is interesting to observe how one is viewed when you don’t have money. Very often I was censured. The work scenario is changing, and I was outside the employable age.
    The Lord challenged me when I complained about being subtly treated like a pariah by fellow Christians, especially as the cell group at that time was made up of some rich folk. The Lord’s challenge was this: “When you had money, did you look around the congregation to see if there was anyone in need whom you could help?” My answer was, “No.”
    And I suppose in many ways I was reaping what I had NOT sown. Fortunately, things began to change as soon as I stepped out to honour the Lord before men.
    I think in the days ahead we who love the Lord will increasingly be called upon to love one another in practical and even sacrificial ways.

    • Daniel M. Klem

      Thanks for sharing! There is so much truth in your comment, and your personal story hit close to home, too. I agree, as well, that our Lord will and is increasingly call us to love one another in practical ways. He is awakening His Church to live out His command from 2000 years ago: “Love one another.”

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