Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. -Luke 6:20 NIV

I think that most of us simply cannot relate to the idea of being poor. Poor people make us feel uncomfortable. Especially ones who are content. When we think of poverty we seek out solutions to get people out of it. We simply cannot see poverty in any positive light. So what do we do with the idea that these poor disciples of Jesus are blessed?

Perhaps we might consider the idea that Jesus was also poor? He owned no home - he was homeless. He lived off the generosity of donations. He lived simply and had few possessions. Yet divine royalty flowed through his spiritual veins. When he saw the poor he saw disciples like himself. He saw followers who would help him usher his kingdom in.

Lord Jesus, grant us grace that we might be like you.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.

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