Depending on Jesus – Addressing Poverty Properly (3 of 8)
|We are broken, sharing the Story of God with broken friends.|
In my previous post, I worked on a broader definition of poverty. What about our response? What does this mean for us, the church? While on this side of heaven we will never be able to fully define poverty, we must remain committed to asking the right questions, questioning our methods, and holding ourselves (each congregant) accountable to the process of loving our neighbor. Only then will we begin to prayerfully live by the Spirit and follow God’s heart. Jesus is the only person who ever helped the poor perfectly. In every situation he knew exactly how to respond, what to say, what to do. Through discipleship, we must continue to ask, “How are we going to help people become actors in their own [hi]story?” - This question applies to both the materially poor and non-poor.
Man’s relationship with God is his highest form of wealth.
The photo above is of two women at our community center, one that we have been walking with closely. They are both very broken; abused, alcoholic, prostitutes. What is beautiful about this picture is that it is a glimpse of the transformation in their own lives. In the picture, one of the women is retelling our Story of God lessons to her friend. In the midst of her own brokenness, she knows her need for Jesus enough to share her hope with her friend. She is currently undergoing rehab.
What I have come to discover is that while I address poverty issues and walk with others towards transformation, Jesus still desires to work in me and my own issues, my own poverty. Our work, living with the marginalized poor, often accentuates my own poverty and brokenness. What we have to offer others is merely a testimony of our own brokenness but also one that is surrounded with hope in Jesus, our deliverer. Jesus enables us to love our neighbors despite our own failures. He is still at work, reconciling all things back to God.