Monday, July 21, 2014

Macdonald: the advantage of the poor

Monday, July 21, 2014
    Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
    —Matthew 19:23-24 (NIV)
    As to the poor, I am afraid I was always in some danger of being a partisan of theirs against the rich; and that a clergyman ought never to be. And, indeed, the poor rich have more need of the care of the clergyman than the others, seeing it is hardly that the rich shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, and the poor have all the advantage over them in that respect.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood, v. I [1867], London: Strahan & Co., 1873, p. 61 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 19:23-24; Ps. 49:5-10; Eccl. 5:10; Matt. 6:19-21; 24; Mark 10:24-25; Luke 12:15; 16:13; 18:24-25; 1 Tim. 6:9-10; Heb. 13:5; Jas. 1:9-10; 5:1-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, teach me to be wise about the possessions of which I am steward.
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