HOW POOR ARE WE?

"Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God." Thus does the Gospel of Luke (6:20) record a remarkable utterance of Christ Jesus. Could it be that the Master was commending pauperism? Certainly this was not the thought of that Teacher who later in the same discourse said that if his students sought first the kingdom of God, all needful things would be added unto them. Matthew's recording of the statement of Jesus is perhaps clearer (Matt. 5:3), "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Who does not enjoy the friendship of one truly poor in spirit, one poor, or modest, in his estimate of his own accomplishments, and ever hungry for more spiritual light? Mary Baker Eddy in her "Miscellaneous Writings" makes this enlightening statement about the poor. She says (p. 168) that "to the poor—the lowly in Christ, not the man-made rabbi—the gospel is preached." Blessed indeed are "the lowly in Christ," who recognize the poverty of material sense and its counterfeit blandishments and are become ardent seekers after real or spiritual treasure.

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