4:12-19 Think not that our sufferings/trials are strange. We can expect it! It's needed!
It is MUCH better for us to suffer poverty (be poor, struggle financially) than for us to have gold & silver & plenty/enough $$$.
2 Cor. 12:1-12 Paul appreciated his sufferings/trials, even his physical sickness.
(Contrary to traditional doctrine, these verses are not talking about sin, but rather physical sickness and other sufferings. Jesus & Paul would never tell us to be content with sin.)
Suffering poverty & other trials HUMBLES us. Helps us remember that we are only humans, not gods, and that we need a Saviour. It pushes us toward HIM.
Matt.19:16-26 Jesus instructed some people to give everything away or to sell everything & give the money away. Therefore we can see that having less money is spiritually valuable. The lessons of physical poverty are better than having gold.
6:25-34 Seeks first/chiefly the Kingdom. What you put your mind on most is your god.
Mark 4:1-20 Parable of the sower & seeds.
:7, 19 Having too much physical things causes people to be unfruitful. Because those people spend too much time fertilizing & watering (building & taking care of) jobs, careers, physical treasure, physical empires/corporations, sports, etc., rather than spiritual things.
Having too much= spoils us.
Benefits of Suffering Poverty, Trial & Tribulation:
-Allows us to truly understand others who suffer same or similar situations, thereby also allowing us to better comfort & encourage them and help them.
-Builds much stronger mind, body & soul.
Body: Working harder in more manual labour builds stronger body.
Not being afraid to get hands dirty builds immune system.
Better survival techniques & easier to survive with less food.
Builds physical Endurance.
Mind: More determination, will power, survival mentality (mental endurance). (Country music song: "Country folks can survive"; compared to spoiled city folks with no knowledge of farming, gardening, hiking, getting hands dirty, fishing, hunting, etc.)
Also makes us more creative with DIY (Do it yourself projects), learn how to do things ourselves & make things ourselves. Makes us less dependent upon parents & businesses.
Soul: Builds better & stronger character, more love & compassion/understanding for the poor & needy. Won't steal from people. Treat people better. More honest. And Spiritual endurance. Tests faith. Humbles us.
-Tested & tried/proved worthy of Paradise. Proved dependable. Builds determination/endurance & righteousness.
-Our endurance through tribulations/sufferings witnesses to others about our serious faithfulness to Christ. That we won't fall away no matter what. That Christ is worth committing to.
-Provides testimonies for Christ, our victories He gave us., which in turns encourages others & overcomes the enemy.
The conclusion of this sermon is that people should not waste time on making more money than what is absolutely necessary. Time is short. We should spend our time & energy on spiritual things, reading/studying the bible, praying, distributing flyers, witnessing to people, working in the ministry, encouraging each other, learning survival skills for the great tribulation (including practicing swimming, hunting, building fires, etc) and walking & working out (getting in good health for the G.T.) Instead of building up money, we should be building our souls, hearts and minds.