October 2014, Vol. 33, No. 10

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Virtue of the Poor

posted on February 10, 2019


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Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me” (Matthew 19:21, ESV). Some will interpret the Lord’s words as being the virtue of all virtues—selling what one has in order to help the poor—but this would be a mistake in interpretation. The Lord’s point is not selling and then giving, but getting rid of the hurdle that has now become a hindrance to one’s standing before the Lord. What hurdle is it that you feel like you have to jump in order to be pleasing to the Lord? With the Lord’s answer to the young man, the rich man turned away disappointed. Will you consider the hurdle the Lord wants you to remove, or will you tum away disappointed?

Ron Thomas
via Highland Drive Church of Christ
Poplar Bluff, MO

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