Here are seven life-altering things Jesus said about the poor. Each one, on its own, has the potential to completely change the way you view others and yourself.
“For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me” (Matthew 26:11).
“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).
“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).
“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).
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God” (Luke 6:20).
“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).
“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind ...” (Luke 14:13).
Each of these verses has their own context, which I encourage you to read. The more I read Jesus’ sayings about the poor, and the contexts surrounding them, the more he changes my worldview. I am constantly learning from Jesus what it means to fully love others and give of myself. I try to pray each day that he will teach me to better live his sayings.
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. He is good news to the poor. We must act on what he was all about—loving others with everything you have, in every moment, in proclamation of the eternal life he offers.