Hey Buddy, Got a Dime?

Blessed are those who are poor.  The kingdom of heaven is yours. Gospel of Thomas 54

Lest anyone think the Gospel of Thomas is only a gospel of inner spirituality, there are sayings like this one above.  When one has wealth and riches, how hard it is to let go of the cares of the world that one may awaken to that of God within!  The poor often have nothing and are left broken open and empty by the systems of this world...it is in this fertilizer that God like a flower can blossom!  And just like a beautiful rose worth its cost will smell wonderful, so too if gnosis is valid, good works of compassion will follow.  I truly believe that if anyone claims to have gnosis but does not care for the poor, then they probably "ain't" got it.   In having the revelation of God in you, you cannot help but to see and serve God in others.  To allow them to wade in poverty, hunger, or sickness- well that just shows where your treasure is...and it sure isn't the Kingdom way.   As it says in 1 John 4:20, "For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen."  In serving the poor, you become Christ, serving Christ in his distressing disguise.

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  1. Reading a book a while back on the topic of Mega Churches I was quite disgusted. It really brought home to me what this scripture was about- HOWEVER- I think that it's not just those with millions(or billions) of dollars who are blinded by the simplicity of this scripture. Sometimes, when you've got ten dollars in your pocket somebody else could do with half of that and it would save them in ways you can't even imagine.

    I have been in some truly crappy predicaments myself and can attest to the power of a single dollar given by a stranger. Or even a spare hamburger.

    When you give, you received so much more in return. It's a worthy investment of the soul.

    And when you are on the receiving end of this graciousness it humbles and at the same time lifts you up to unimaginable heights. You can see the goodness in people again. It's not lost. And neither are you.

    Being at a low point doesn't mean The All doesn't love you.

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