7 Ways to Beat Poverty, According to Jesus

Jesus fought against poverty and regularly advocated that his followers do the same. Jesus’ ministry can be characterized as one of faith in action. He had faith that the evil that causes poverty can be beat. And he asked that we be people who fight against poverty.

Jesus on Poverty and How to Beat It

Here are seven life-changing sayings from Jesus about the impoverished and poverty in general. Read them slowly and let the meaning of each sink in.

  1. “For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me” (Matthew 26:11).
  2. “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me” (Mark 10:21).
  3. “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box” (Mark 12:43).
  4. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18).
  5. “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God” (Luke 6:20).
  6.  “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them ...” (Luke 7:22).
  7. “But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind ...” (Luke 14:13).

So What Did Jesus Think about Poverty?

First and foremost, poverty was personal for Jesus. He was born poor, lived among the poor, and advocated for the poor.

Jesus also shows us that poverty is not merely a nameless thing we fight; it's advocating for people, living in real relationship with them. Fighting poverty is relational.

Poverty should also be personal to us. If we are to call ourselves Christians, we must take action to alleviate poverty.

Jesus cared deeply about the poor. We, as his followers, must do the same. We must embrace the God who came as a poor man, lived as a poor man, and died as a poor man.

Jesus Changed the Face of Poverty

Jesus gives us the power to fight both spiritual and physical poverty. When he came as a poor man and died as a poor man and rose as a poor man, he beat evil itself. He gave us the power to beat whatever difficulties we may face.

Jesus is good news to the poor. We must act on Jesus' values—loving others with everything we have, in every moment, in proclamation of the eternal life Jesus offers.


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This article is adapted in part from my earlier article: "7 of Jesus' Life-Altering Sayings about the Poor."

John Barry
John Barry


CEO, President, and Founder of Jesus' Economy. John is the author/coauthor of 12 books and General Editor of Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary.