I was watching the final part of the movie, classic western with Clint Eastwood. I suppose it was his first 'Dirty Harry' movie. I hope I got that right. But I had to stand by the television to help the antenna get the signal. If I would step back the picture would break. I had to stand all through the movie. I guess this performance had standing room only. But why do we do what we do? Certainly the gospel is profitable in all ways. It helps me to proclaim it and it help those who hear and accept it. Or is just for a fistful of dollar that we do what we do?
What if that was a fact? That the gospel gave up dollars? I don't thing the gopel is a pollyana platitude you just go over and over to sound perhaps 'religious'. Is that why we go around carrying bible, writing blogs, comments and sending perhaps messages to some. The fact of the matter is that the message of the gospel has real redemption to the giver as well as the receiver of such a gospel. You know, we know, I know what Psalm 41 says to those who have regard for the weak? Real blessing and favor with God.
But what if the gospel gave up dollars? A fistful of dollars, like the movie? The truth of the matter is that the gospel has real wealth to distribute to those who indulge in spreading the good news. Real upward mobility occurs when we tell others about Christ. But I'm talking about proclaiming the real Christ, who really believes on what the bible says. Paul exhorts to not be wary in well doing because in due time we shall reap a harvest. There's real power in the gospel to redeem from hell and from poverty.
And the opposite is also true. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge! There's real poverty in ignorance about the ways of God. The world is poor because they have never been to taugh the basics of sharing a pound of flour with a needy neighbor. God say that it is more blessed to give than to recieve. If everyone gave up a little something to some unsuspecting by-stander we would not have poverty. And this is not about amounting wealth! It's about the richness of giving it all away, even a little, perhaps trust God with two mites, like the widow did.
But this in not about the two mites, it's about believing God. I'm poor because I don't believe God. Psalm 23 says, "The Lord is my Sheperd, I shall not want..." Have I really belived that. Those who have financial difficulties or unemployed or just want to have a better life, have you believe God? Honestly? Does the Pastor who teaches me at my church really believe God? Or is he or she just picking and choosing what he or she find plausible to the human mind to believe? That is not believing God. It is not until you believe God that he believes you when you come to pray and confess him as your Lord. May you be blessed. Amen.