I am no better than you
The rich and the poor have this in common, the Lord is the maker of them all. Proverbs 22:3 (NKJV)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
In my moments of meditation this morning, I journeyed through the halls of nursing homes, homeless shelters and people just down and out living on the streets.
I was concerned because I have loved ones in all those situations and wondered how each one of them were making it.
I even thought about the rich people of the world and how separated we are – just as far as the East is from the West. That distance is multiplied a million times over when you can see the distained look of a nauseated sickness that befalls a misguided face of prideful wealth.
Living life on the peripheral of what our connection is to one another will cause us to never reach the full meaning of how we are supposed to relate to each other.
I do understand fully when the Word says, “For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me.” Matthew 26:11 (NASB)
Our hearts are hardened with the lack of sympathy and putrefied to the core with selfishness.
This prognosis is intensified when the knowledge of God is lacking or misrepresented through false teachings.
We are so easily moved and allow our feet to stray from the path of Believers which severs our innate connection to life.
We know from birth what is the Truth, the Way and the Life and yet man and more often than not, the rich man has drawn us off course.
“As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!” Galatians 1:9 (NASB)
When most of us look at someone who is less than what we believe to be of equal respect based upon status, we’re looking at them with the “soul man’s eyes” and we see an earthly thing void of life.
There is a distinct and a discerning difference between seeing with man’s soul and looking with man’s Spirit.
Until our vision is shaped through the lens of the Spirit which God left with us, we will forever see perishable times wrought with isolation and infused with vanity.
And where there is the presence of self-centeredness, narcissism and arrogance, we will never get to the point of understanding this: “For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land’.” Deuteronomy 15:11 (NASB)
Dear God, You have given us so much, that if we do not share it, it could choke us to death. Please Lord don’t let us choke to death from not knowing what makes us the same…You made us all; we are Your children. Amen.
GOD’S LOVE FOR US IS OUR COMMON TIE THAT BINDS US.