Rags and Riches
Acts 25:23 “The next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp and entered the audience room with the high-ranking military officers and the prominent men of the city. At the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.”
The words of Jesus: “They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name.” Luke 21:12
The gospel is not only for the poor and lowly. Jesus said there will be times when people of His name will stand before the highest ranking offices.
The beggars look up and want the gospel that gives to them. The lofty look down and want the gospel that strokes their achievements. The gospel tells both that their sin can be forgiven. Sin isn’t just found behind the rags but also the riches.
Paul said: “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22
Are we ready to take the gospel upward? To those with ‘great pomp’ and ‘high-ranking’ and who are ‘prominent’? Maybe God will bring you in to that arena as He did with Paul? Maybe today you shouldn’t dress down but dress up? The rich person across the street needs a friend as much as the poor man in the gutter.