Poor opens the door …
by Andrew Lewis
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.”
Matthew 5:3 (MSG)
Do you feel like that?
That you’re at the end of your rope? What does that actually mean? It means that you are at the very end of whatever you are holding onto, in this phrase Jesus is reflecting on our spiritual bankruptcy; we are not spiritually adequate for God.
Hmmm … Spiritually Bankrupt is such an interesting term.
It reminds me of a mountain goat. Mountain goats are extremely agile and athletic animals, completely driven by their own desire of fresh grass, they will move from one tuff of grass to the next not even thinking of where it may lead in the end … remind you of anybody?
The shepherd does not try to rope them back in at the first sign of wandering off because she/he knows that the very next opportunity the goat will be back trying to reach that next spot of grass. So the shepherd will allow them to eat until the grass is gone, there is a bankruptcy of grass; the goat strands itself and see’s that it is in actual need of the shepherd.
Stranded. Bankrupt. Hopeless. This is the image I get when I read Matthew 5:3 but like all things with God, it’s not the end of the story.
We are told that when we are at the very end it means that we have the opportunity to experience more of God, how amazing is that?
Too be Poor in Spirit, at the end of your rope, is the time when you can experience more of God and less of you, which is the main aim of all those who wish to follow Jesus.
Are you at the end of your rope? Spiritually bankrupt? You may be closer to experiencing more of God than you thought was possible. Remember to be poor in Spirit opens the door for God to get involved!
DO SOMETHING: “Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul”
Today, be vulnerable before God, let God know that you are battling, spiritually bankrupt, at the end of your rope or poor in spirit.
HE WILL MEET YOU EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE.
PRAY TODAY …
Lord, you have done great things for us, many of which we have hardly noticed. You are Lord over the past, sovereign in the present, and victorious in the future. Even in our trials, we celebrate you. Amen.
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