There are many followers of Jesus, who have deaf ears to the next words of Jesus. 

As He addresses the rich, we automatically go in our minds to people that are richer than we are.

The poorest always can point to someone who is poorer and the rich can always point to someone who is better off.

When we hear the words of Jesus, let’s not only think about our socio-economic status. Poverty and wealth are not written in dollar signs. The world would have us believe that we can measure our success and failure by comparing to others.

There are incredibly rich poor people and dreadfully poor rich people. We are a church of low-income earners. We are often cash-strapped but rich in deep gladness. Jesus wants us to hear a deeper message about the inward wealth that comes from Heaven and the poverty of Spirit that finds resolve in God.

Luke 6:
   24 “But woe to you who are rich,
   for you have already received your comfort.
25 Woe to you who are well fed now,
   for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
   for you will mourn and weep.
26 Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
   for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.

At the end of the statement against the rich, we see another reference to the ancient prophets. Actually, it is a reference to the false prophets.

There is a false message that people want to hear. The false sermon says:

      1.     You have every reason to live for self-interest. It’s all about you and there’s nothing you cannot have if you are willing to go after it.

      2.     You are secure and will never have to go without. Good people don’t go hungry.

      3.     You should feel good all the time because you are successful. Don’t focus on the suffering of others in case they bring you down.

In Jesus’ words we find the collision between self-interest and self-effacement. In Jesus’ life we find the generosity of Heaven where the Greatest became the Least. The deep gladness of Heaven was spent on the hunger of the world in the gift of God’s Son.