TUESDAY, MAY 1
Scripture: James 2:1-5
James 2:1-5 brings us a real surprise when we consider that we are chosen. It says in verse 5, “Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?” Isn’t it interesting that God has chosen the poor to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom? How does that work if you live in America? Because in the world the global median income is $1,225 a year, 71% of the world’s population lives on less than $10 dollars day. That means that the majority of us who live in America, even those who live solely on Social Security, are considerably above the median income in the world. And yet the cost of living determines our standard. It is possible to make more than 70% of the world and still be poor if the cost of living exceeds our income. Isn’t it interesting that the Lord has chosen the poor? What is it about the poor that appeals to God? We surely cannot say that God is poor when He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and His streets are paved with gold. There is certainly nothing poor about God! What are the characteristics of those who are poor that attract God? Maybe it is humility. Possibly it is an attitude. There is a distinct lack of arrogance among people who do not have an abundance. God has chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him. What a verse! What a principle! It makes us reassess what is really important when we live in a nation where wealth and possessions are so sought after.