The Bible and Money: Proverbs 22:2 – One Thing the Rich & Poor Have in Common

This week’s Bible and Money focus is on Proverbs 22:2. Frequently in Proverbs, we read about the great differences between the rich and poor, but in Proverbs 22:2, we read about one important similarity:

The rich and poor have this in common: The Lord made them both.  Proverbs 22:2 (NLT)

The differences between rich and poor have always been obvious, but in our world today, the gaps seem to be greater than ever.

While not always true in all situations, we typically notice differences between the rich and poor in terms of their…

  • Upbringing
  • Education
  • Work
  • Habits
  • Hobbies
  • Homes

In spite of the great differences and inherent inequalities between rich and poor, Proverbs 22:2 tells us there’s one great equalizer:  God made them both.

The Bible and MoneyThis means that whether we’re a billionaire, live on just $1.00 a day, or fit somewhere in between, we were all made in God’s image and likeness.  We were all created for a purpose and called to work, create and produce.  We’re all guilty before God because of our sin and need his mercy, forgiveness, and grace.

Yes, there always will be differences between the rich and poor. But if there’s one place where they ought to be able to come together in harmony, it’s the church, right?

Is your church a place where both the poor and the rich feel at home and where they can work and minister alongside each other?

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  1. Also, perhaps, God has the poor here so that those who aren’t poor can minister to them? (Deut 15:11)

    • Hey MB Hunter, thanks for your comment. I totally agree! And, somehow, I believe the poor can minister to the wealthy as well.

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