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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Under Jesus' Administration The Rich Become Joyfully Poorer And The Poor Joyfully Richer

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The unquestioned assumption of most well to do Americans, including Christians, is that we deserve to be ever richer every year of our earning lives. Given that undisputed belief, whatever giving we do is carefully calculated to ensure that it doesn't interfere with our goal of accumulating more wealth for ourselves, something that is seen as our inalienable right.

Jesus and his first century apostles consistently challenged that assumption. The only way to become truly wealthy, according to our Master, is to invest hugely in the economy of heaven. Speaking for what is in the best interest of Kingdom citizens, Jesus commands us to seriously reduce what we own in order to reinvest more wealth to better the lives of the impoverished and disadvantaged. In doing so, we gain substantial Kingdom of Heaven stock, Jesus says, imperishable and fantastically profitable in all the ways that forever matter.

Examples:

"Use your money to make friends for God, then when everything is over, those you have blessed with your investments will bless you with a warm welcome into your everlasting home." (Jesus, Luke 16:9)

"Don't make the mistake of hoarding more and more personal wealth here on earth, of the kind that moths and rust can cause damage, or the kind that burglars can rob. Instead, invest it in heaven approved stock, where nothing can ever damage or diminish it." (Jesus, Matthew 6:19-20)

"All of the believers freely shared what they had with each other, even selling their possessions in order to make sure that there were no unmet needs among them." (Luke, Acts 2:44-45)

"You who have plenty should should share generously with those who are without. Then at some time they can share with you when you need it. In that way everyone will be sure to have enough." (Paul, II Corinthians 9:14)
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"We all have to think if we can become a little poorer. All of us have to ask, 'How can I become a little poorer in order to be more like Jesus?'"  
- Pope Francis

"I was told that Gandhi once said, 'If Christians would live their lives according to the teachings of Jesus Christ there would be no more Hindus in India'."
- Mother Teresa

Here's a link on how to do some great Kingdom of Heaven investing right now: 
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