“For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”
Our focus should not be on the unattainable goal of eliminating poverty.
Our focus should be on Jesus Christ, and on telling the world about Him in order to reduce poverty.
If we focused on Jesus Christ and sharing His Good News with them, we would be dealing with global poverty in the way Jesus instructed us:
Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
the lepers…are cleansed
the dead…are raised up
the poor…have the gospel preached to them.
Socialists/Communists try to use the government to take money away from you and give it to the poor. Historically, that money ends up in the hands of dictators, not the poor. A case study is the United Nations’ Oil-for-food program, which resulted in money going to corrupt bureaucrats and Saddam Hussein, not poor people.
Jesus’ plan is to preach the gospel to the poor.
That is the answer to global poverty.
So why did Jesus say, “the poor you have with you always”?
Because there will always be people who reject Jesus Christ, even though He is the way, the truth and the life.