True Poverty

 3“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 8Blessed are the pure in heart,
      for they will see God.

(Matthew 5:3,8, NIV)

Oswald touches on something in today’s devotion in My Utmost for His Highest that I hear many men complain about Christianity.

I hear a lot of men say something to the effect of, “Being like Jesus is just too hard; in fact, it’s impossible.” or something that sounds like, “This Christianity thing is so frustrating! Jesus gives such a lofty goal. I’ll never be holy. It’s something I can never get to!”

I agree. You can’t. I can’t. Let me explain.

Oswald says,

Beware of thinking of our Lord as only a teacher. If Jesus Christ is only a teacher, then all He can do is frustrate me by setting a standard before me I cannot attain… But when I am born again by the Spirit of God, I know that Jesus Christ did not come only to teach — He came to make me what He teaches me I should be.

God gives us His power and His nature. Buddy Owens, an editor from Maranatha Publishing says, “God does want holiness from you. He wants His holiness in you.”

You and I can’t reach the goal of being holy and being pure in heart on our own. First, we must reach poverty — of spirit. We must have, as Oswald says, “such a sense of absolute futility, that we finally admit, ‘Lord, I cannot even begin to do it.’ Then Jesus says, ‘Blessed are you…’.”

Are you there yet or are you still trying to get there on your own? Something to think about today.

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About Tim Harrison

Saved by grace and living my faith out in the unshakeable Kingdom of God.
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