The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
he brings low, he also exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes
and inherit a seat of honor. 1 Samuel 2:7-8 (NRSV)
What counts is your life. Is it green and blossoming? Because if it’s deadwood, it goes on the fire. Luke 3:9 (The Message)
As the people were filled with expectation… Luke 3:15 (NRSV)
As I was reading Hannah’s song in 1 Samuel, my question was: really? how? We don’t always see the poor lifted up. Many folks’ experience is not that of Hannah’s song.
I amy have found an uncomfortable answer in John the Baptizer’s words in Luke 3 – “if you have two shirts, give one away.” Is my life green and blossoming? Am I growing spiritually? And is that spiritual growth producing fruit in my life? Are shirts being given away?