Poor me.

Chilly —  July 27, 2012 — 9 Comments

I’ve read a familiar verse, found in the Beatitudes, many times but without really grasping it’s full meaning.  Jesus said, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven Matthew 5:3.  How do I make my “spirit” poor?  For those of us that don’t speak “christian-ese” – or talk about the “spirit of this” and the “spirit of that” in every conversation, this sounds a bit confusing. Being poor isn’t hard – ha, that’s simple – but, it’s seems paradoxical to think that my spirit could/should be poor. Hmmm… there’s got to be an explanation.

 Let me attempt to explain, briefly, what I think… a true Christian family, church or community (all depends on what you want to call it) is made up of authentically humble people. Complete destitution seems to be a basic requirement. Think you’re rich and you’re sent away woefully wealthy but acknowledge inner bankruptcy and you’re in. We’ve got to truly grasp reality: we have no personal merit, no strings we can pull, no power to save ourselves, and absolutely nothing in our hands or in our hearts that we deserve. We’re busted… broke… cleaned-out completely. Ah, yes, now – and only now – can we be filled with the supernatural and trusted with the Kingdom of Heaven.

 A few other translations word this verse in unique ways:

 You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope.
With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
MSG

 Those people who know they have great spiritual needs are
happy, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
NCV

Being desperate can be a good thing. Blessed are the poor in spirit… this doesn’t mean walking around with our heads down, empty pockets, worn shoes and pathetic posture. NO! It means being REAL – admitting your complete worth is found in Christ and Christ alone!  Sounds pretty rich to me… Ha!

 Beautifully broke,  Chilly

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Chilly is a follower of Christ, husband of a queen and father of avengers. Executive Director of RevolutionYouth.co Instagram: @thechillychilton Twitter: @iChilly "I LOVE: my wife Netta, our 5 amazing kids, Buckeyes, good coffee, U2, Nike shoes, anything Apple, sushi, my dog Jack, beach vacations, sports, books & YOU!"

9 responses to Poor me.

  1. Kimberly Connell July 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    How perfectly put: admitting my complete worth is found in Christ and Christ alone! That is the amazing thing about the Savior I serve. Without Him, there is no worth or value!

  2. it’s in that brokenness that the power of the resurrection can flow, and flow freely!

  3. Good word. Powerful. Blessings brother.

  4. Thank you Pastor Chilly, this is exactly what I needed to hear today
    “we have no personal merit, no strings we can pull, no power to save ourselves, and absolutely nothing in our hands or in our hearts that we deserve. We’re busted… broke… cleaned-out completely”

    I keep reading this over and over. I am challenged by this because it puts me back in my place again where God is God, and I am not. There needs to be “less of me and more of God and his rule”

  5. Thanks Pastor. In recovery circles, we teach that the first fact we must face is that we, as human beings, are powerless. Our own, unaided will can never get us through. Accepting this premise leads us to the next step. That God can and will bring you through and provide all the power you need to do it. When the weak come to Him, He will give them strength.

  6. Wow Chilly – Love this post!

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