POOR YET RICH

There are things that make us rich

But simultaneously make us poor;

It’s where we increase our materialism

But we’re spiritually bankrupt to the core.

Although many are poor indeed

Their souls can be rich with kindness,

And when they look out for the needs of others

They won’t suffer from spiritual blindness.

There are those who barely make ends meet

But their love is overwhelming,

And when they do receive they’re quick to give

And their focus much joy it brings.

To be rich in love is everything

Particularly when doubts starve to death,

And our faith is increased abundantly

Where there’s no room for regrets.

When kindness reveals its richness

It is something we never forget,

As it overflows our heart with joy

It’s where love and goodness have met.

When faith reveals its golden ways

It reassures the soul with hope,

As its dividends create wealth indeed

With a comforting peace that copes.

The only time we should be poor in spirit

Is when we acknowledge our need for the Lord,

As we humbly repent and change our ways

And be renewed by His word.

If we’re financially rich we should give to the poor

And ask God where to distribute;

When we’re led by His Spirit there is much fruit

Leaving a legacy and a tribute.

God’s grace and love is rich in spirit

And His eternal rewards are great,

When we acknowledge we’re poor we become rich in Him

And His mercy is never late.

Jesus’ focus was on souls

Not on material things,

But He was rich beyond comprehension

With much spiritual fruit this brings.

(C) P.B. 2020

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.”  2 Corinthians 8:9

“There is one who makes himself rich yet has nothing, and one who makes himself poor yet has great riches.” Proverbs 13:7

“As it is written ‘He who gathered much had nothing left over and he who gathered little had no lack.'” 2 Corinthians 8:15

“that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality.” 2 Corinthians 8:2

“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3