“There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth” (Proverbs 13:7).
To pretend to be something necessitates certain assumptions about oneself. The wealthy have only a small group to which they compare themselves. Thus, they view themselves from an elitist perspective; as having “arrived.” They are blind to their own hubris. Little wonder that these were never the focus of Jesus‘ ministry. Instead, he reached out to the least, the lost, and the last not only because, strategically, were they the largest target audience, but these were the most receptive for they had nothing material in which to trust. It is these that discover they have more than they ever imagined.