The Poor who think they’re Rich

My heart cries out to write again.

He provides His writers with daily bread, for us to distribute to the poor.

Not the poor who think they’re poor, but the poor who think they’re rich.

It is the poor who think they’re rich who do not want to be fed.

But it is the poor who think they’re rich who need to be fed God’s Word the most.

They do not want it.

This breaks my heart. It breaks His heart.

The world—the poor who think they’re rich—is fascinated by creativity in a movie, book, scene, or play. But they do not see past the physical beauty of the screen, stage, or page in front of them. They are happy with a façade. They are the poor who think they’re rich. They do not seek—after God’s heart.

The poor who think they’re rich are most likely also visually impaired. But they do not think they need an eye doctor. Or healer. The eye doctor sees them. He desires to heal them. But they do not want Him. They want to continue watching what is hurting their eyes.

Jesus still loves them. His heart still longs for them. His eyes still weep for them.

He is what they need.

He is what I need.

I am poor without the Bread of Life. But He is my Provider.

I am blind without the Light of the world. But He is my Light and Salvation.

As creatives, what are we really pursuing? The façade? The entertainment? The stage? Or the vision and character that God desires to build in us?

What if we inquired what the Creator’s vision is for humanity? For our lives? For our hearts?

True vision and character last forever.

God’s vision and character are developed in the life of the person who decides to acknowledge their impoverished souls before Him—their need for Jesus Christ daily. He gives this person hope, peace, love—true life and they are dependent upon Him for everything. Jesus makes them come alive in Him; all the time. The reality of Christ is what they choose to live in now and forever.

God’s vision and character are carried out in the person who decides to become a woman or man of faith. He is creative, not for himself—not for creation—and never for the praise of man. He uses his mind, fingers, arms, legs, voice, and heart for Jesus. He seeks not after the beautiful Art that will one day fade away. He seeks after God’s heart. He reaches out to the one in the dark when no one is watching. Like the woman who pours her alabaster box before the feet of Jesus, this person uses absolutely everything they are and have in the moment to point people to Christ. They are not perfect. But they use what God has given them to glorify Him in a quiet manner. Because they know—without Him, they are dead. With this awareness, it is no wonder that this person lives to reflect the One whose breath and character moves him.

God, our Father in heaven, provides us with His everlasting and satisfying Word. His Word feeds the impoverished soul—hope, joy, love—true life. His Word delivers. His Word comforts. His Word heals. His Word opens the eyes of blind hearts and allows them to see light again—in Him beyond the façade the world parades before them.

Most of all, God’s Word loves.

He loves right where we’re at, even now.

Perhaps you are the poor who think they’re rich. You are the visually impaired who think they do not need an eye doctor. You are living in the reality that will fade away one day. No one sees the real you, but God. You don’t know if Jesus could accept you as you are—but He does. You don’t need to be the person God sees you can become when you come to Christ. You come as you are with all of your past experiences, hurts, pains, shame, and/or addictions. Sin.

All you need to do is admit your need for Jesus Christ and come to Him daily, poor and needy, desperate for His mercy.

In this place, He can be your all and all.

Your bread. Your light. Your God.

In Christ, you are whole and complete.

7 Promises for your Creative HeArt:

As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God! Psalm 40:17.

“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:5.

Give us today our daily bread. Matthew 6:11.

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36.

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. Isaiah 42:16.

The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[a] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.  Matthew 11:5.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1.

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