SOTM:Poor In Spirit

SOTM:Poor In Spirit

PROBLEM

One of the problems with growing up is that we learn to hide. For some reason when we get older, we are no longer comfortable letting the truth be known. When we were little, it didn’t matter. If we were afraid we’d quickly say I’m scared and we’d take the hand of our mom or dad or older brother or sister, because we were scared. But as we get older, we become reluctant. And we turn from that kind of authenticity to a cover up. And we even get better at the cover up.

“being vulnerable means getting hurt.” If that is how we think, then vulnerability is a bad thing, something to be avoided at all costs. Is that not what heaven will be, a place with no more pain (Rev. 21:4), Yet it will be a place of complete vulnerability—we will be known completely, unable and not wanting to hide anything.

GOD

This isn’t a description of a nice or well-meaning person — it’s a description of what I ought to be like.

The Beatitudes played a prominent role in the lives of the first Christians, as they do today.

One of the things I regret about silicon valley is it’s disconnect with the eternal. Silicon Valley is so disposable.

The beatitudes start and end with the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Simply stated, to be poor in spirit means to realize and accept that life requires more than I have to give. you’ve got nothing – nothing to offer God or anyone except your sorry, needy self. Accepting we don’t have what it takes enables God to do what it takes What does God know that I don’t know? What can God do that I can’t do?

APPLICATION

Connection is why we’re here. It’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.

VISION

The vulnerability I’m talking about is the acknowledgement that you are 100% human. Let them see the cracks in your life.

Vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness. But it appears that it’s also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love.

The goal of achieving greatness or being special is replaced with the goals of faithfulness and contentment.

Allows us to be vulnerable by simply recognizing that we are (at our best) simply a conduit of God’s blessings and that we are not a special blessing ourselves

We are free to love without having to measure up, because the gift is not us.

When someone compliments you, rejoice with the person about what God has done in his or her life through you.


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