There is a distinction

Between God’s ways and society,

And depending which one we love

Will determine how we see.

Society places much emphasis

On the externals and career,

Whereas God looks upon the heart

And whether His ways we hold so dear.

Because what society considers as rich

Is not in God’s equation,

Because the richness of God dwells from within

And is filled with faith and patience.

Society makes us feel insecure

With the promotion of beauty indeed,

And it can instil covetousness as well

Coupled with much greed.

The flesh is slowly fading

And will return to dust,

Along with all the vanity

And the forbidden lusts.

But the one who focuses on the Spirit

Will reap the desired reward;

Much peace and joy with eternal life

When Jesus becomes our Lord.

The sparkling riches belong to the soul

Where grace and mercy abide,

When love and peace make their abode

With a joy that lives inside.

But when it’s the motive of the heart

To be seen in our giving ways,

There will be no true reward from God

When any form of pride remains.

There is one rich but is so poor

When focused on material things,

With the false promises and the empty deceit

And the heartache this so brings.

Because riches make themselves wings

And certainly fly away indeed,

But the riches that God places within

Will be well-nurtured living seeds.

Because there is one poor but is rich indeed

When God’s ways are a priority,

The poor in spirit who acknowledge that

It’s only through Jesus Christ we’re free.

(C) P.B. 2021

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

“For the Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  1 Samuel 16:7

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

“Will you set your eyes on that which is not?  For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven.”  Proverbs 23:5

“But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”  Matthew 6:3-4

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”  Romans 8:5

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”  Romans 8:1-2

“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