Don’t you want to be Christ’s disciple? Don’t you want to follow Jesus? Don’t you want to sit at His feet and learn from Him? Don’t you want to cut through all the crap and know the truth — the real truth as taught by Jesus Himself? And even with being set free at the end of this learning process, aren’t you most excited about just learning from Jesus? Isn’t there something truly exciting about getting it straight from Him, especially when you find out what He’s teaching is different from what everyone else is teaching — even those who are supposedly His representatives?
I don’t know about you, but this is what gets my heart pounding and my blood flowing. It’s what clears the air of so much spiritual debris. Knowing the truth as Jesus tells it. And when what Jesus says flies in the face of common knowledge and convention, then I get even more excited because that means I’m probably getting it right.
The teaching of Jesus redefines everything. It changes the rules. It puts the shoe on the other foot, or throws it out entirely. Take, for instance, the very first thing He teaches His disciples after going up on a mountain and sitting down with them around Him. He says: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)
Well off are those who are not well off.
That’s what I thought He said. No wonder the disciples were scratching their heads most of the time.
Revere losing. Champion weakness. Value the impoverished soul. When your resources are all used up; when you are at the end of your rope; when you look at yourself and see a very poor man; when you have nothing to show for all your religious efforts and pedigree; when your soul is running on empty; then rejoice, because you are in the best possible place. You are blessed. Not “You will be blessed down the road a bit,” but you are blessed right now. A state of spiritual impoverishment is the best place to be.
And does this only happen once? Not unless you only want to be blessed once. It’s a state of being — an awareness of need that is at the bedrock of spiritual blessing and usefulness.
It is the doorway to heaven and God’s kingdom on earth. It’s where it all starts and ends. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”