by Precarious Yates
Blessing and poverty seem to be two opposites. Are they?
Let’s talk about our blessedness in poverty. The way we think of blessedness in modern times and the way Jesus taught and talked about blessedness are as far apart as New York City and San Francisco.
When Christians come together, we long to experience the Kingdom of God and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave us roadmaps into the heart of God. (In fact, He is the roadmap to the heart of God, but that’s for another day.)
When Jesus began His ministry, He told those around Him to repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand. The word ‘repent’ literally means to have a completely changed mindset, to turn 180▫ from the direction you previously walked in. In other words, instead of walking away from God, walk toward Him.
In other words, he wants us to have a Paradigm Shift. This is complete change from the way we once viewed the world, a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions.
Jesus came to bring a completely different mindset to those who follow Him. He wants us to think through the lens of LOVE, PEACE, HOPE and JOY, instead of through any lens of hopelessness. In order to live in that new mindset in the midst of a sin-sick world, Jesus wants us to be prepared to consider ourselves loved and cherished by God no matter what.
How does he do that? First, it’s through the Beatitudes.
Let’s have a look at this first beatitude.
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:3 | NIV
When we declare ourselves poor in our own spirits, and bankrupt without the Spirit of God, we are blessed. We are poor and we are blessed because the Kingdom of God is ours now. We have full access to the Kingdom of Heaven as citizens.
Paul talks about this in Eph 1:3:
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Jesus Himself demonstrated this poverty, as we can see in 2 Cor 8:9.
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
Also, Jesus wants to assure His followers that whatever circumstance they find themselves in while in this life, they are blessed because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
What example can you think of for this type of poverty that Jesus talks about?
As you go about your week, whenever you realize that you have a lack, a poverty of some kind, whether it be in physical ability, emotional or mental capability, in finances, or even in friends, know that you can rely on the Lord and He will fill your poverty from the riches of the Kingdom of heaven, the riches that are ours in Christ Jesus.
Have a blessed week!
About the Author:
Precarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their one mastiff and four Pyrenees dogs, three sheep and nine chickens. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms and reading. She holds a masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.