Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied. (Luke 6:21)
Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry. (Luke 6:25)
Jesus continues His theme here as His remarks to his followers continued. In these two verses He makes a contrast between hunger and plenty. Note that He isn’t saying that it’s a good thing to be starving or to lack the necessities of life, but rather that it would be better for a person to lack and have an eternal relationship with God, then to have plenty in this life and perish for eternity. Again, that doesn’t mean that we should all starve ourselves as a sort of spiritual stunt, to see if God will step in.
Clearly, there is an element to this that is counter-intuitive for many of us, oriented as we are in modern Western culture to placing a high priority on comfort and ease of living. Materialism as a way of life is not the best thing for us, in spite of all we hear and see around us. Trusting in God is the place that best characterizes a Kingdom lifestyle, whether we have material means or not.
I once read an interview in which a very wealthy Christian businessman who had made and lost multiple fortunes was asked if he sometimes regretted the amount of money that he had given away to the needy in times in of plenty, and his answer really tells the story here. He replied, “No, I never lost a cent that I gave away.”
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought that comment was profound.