The Poorest Are The Richest

“Looking at his disciples, he said: 1

‘Blessed are you who are poor,

for yours is the kingdom of God.’”

Luke 6:20


Malawi, where MMM launched its protected water program, is consistently near the top of the list of the poorest countries in the world. Infant mortality rates are high, literacy is low. Economic opportunity for the vast majority is nearly non-existent. Simply put, those who are the benefactors of MMM’s efforts are among the “least of these” in the entire world when it comes to material wealth. It would be easy to pity the villagers as some of the poorest emerge from mud hut houses and gather for the well dedications barefooted and wearing rags.


Don’t. Look past the surface you will see the richness of their world.


Our materialistic culture has brainwashed us into thinking happiness and fulfillment come through the stuff we own, the cars we drive, the vacations we take, the restaurants we frequent, the jewelry we wear, the houses in which we live. Our money-oriented mindset frequently makes us blind to the things which really matter.


Those whom we serve through MMM are among the richest individuals I’ve ever met in the things which God says matters most. They enjoy rich relationships with family and friends. They have an overflowing joy that resides deep in their hearts and is lavished upon others. They possess a profound personal faith in God that is only magnified when they gather for corporate worship. They prosper in authenticity, sincerity, generosity, passion, and unconditional love. They are wealthy beyond

measure.


The gift which we give through MMM allows them to enjoy these Godly virtues for longer since their physical suffering will be lessened and their lives extended but don’t be misled. While they lack material wealth, they are rich.


Application Question: Is my life rich in the things which really matter most?


Prayer: Heavenly Father, please allow me to gain an eternal perspective and adjust my priorities accordingly. May I not reach the top of the ladder of success to find that it is leaning against the wrong wall. Allow me to see the altruistic wealth of those whom I serve today who live in abject poverty. May I be inspired to emulate their purest virtues. In the precious Name of your Son Jesus I pray, Amen.


Reverend Steve McKeown

Volunteer, Illinois

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