For ye have the poor always with you

For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always (Matthew 26:11 KJV)

Poor in spirit showing a poor homeless man

Jesus and His disciples were dining one day when a woman approached Him and poured expensive oil from an Alabaster box on His head. The fragrance of the oil filled the entire room. It turned out that oil was very costly and was an enormous sacrifice on the woman’s part. The disciples were offended. They thought it was a waste because that much money could have been given to the poor.

Jesus responded with an answer they did not expect. He told them they would always have the poor with them but He will not always be there. There is so much to say about this but let me focus on an interesting truth. Jesus said there will always be poor people around. This is my question for you: why would there always be poor people amongst us? Did He command that some people should always be poor amongst us as their fate? The answer is “no”. It is similar to the saying some people will still reject Christ and go to hell though God does not want that.

God has not destined some nations or people to a lifetime of poverty. Wealth and poverty, just as life and death are in the power of our choices in life. There will always be poor people, but that should not be you.


Why will there always be poor people, no matter what happens in society? Think about this. 


Take a look at what you are doing with your hands or how you spend your money, and you will likely see the reasons why you either have money or not. Jesus said there will always be poor people. He did not say that should be you and me. He left it open, and  left the choice with us. Choose wealth, just as you choose health and eternal life.


Ask the Father for the wisdom and strength to create wealth. 

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