Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3)
As fallen people, we all experience the brokenness that sin has brought to bear upon the world. It manifests itself in countless ways. Some people sense it in an unspoken resentment that has strained their relationship with their spouse. Others in the remembrance of a painful childhood experience. Still, others in a constant search for approval and validation from those around them.
However brokenness might show itself, it is our tendency to want to avoid the places in our lives where we most need healing. We often strive with all our might to be people who have it all together, to present ourselves as having a good handle on life. After all, isn’t that how God wants us to be? Aren’t we called to be “strong Christians”?
Well, that all depends.
Jesus shows us that we shouldn’t avoid our brokenness because it is the exact point at which He wants to meet us and draw us more deeply into His love. Those areas of your inner self where you feel most damaged and most ruined? The places where you feel like you’re weakest? They are precisely where God’s greatest blessing awaits.
You see, Jesus didn’t come to give already put-together lives a shiny religious veneer. No, His heart is for those who know they are too weak to get their act together, and who will say to Him, “Lord, I know I’m a total mess, but I’ll gladly be Your mess if You’ll have me.” Those are the ones who, through Him, become the poor in spirit.
Surprisingly, that’s how we become strong Christians. It’s counterintuitive, I know, but in Christ our strength comes from where we least expect: “For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Co. 12:10).
Knowing this, we can bring our whole selves before Jesus this Sunday, weaknesses and all, and sing with all our hearts that He is the “Son of God who came, ruined sinners to reclaim.” It takes someone who is poor in spirit to sing that Good News and really feel it at the deepest part of their being. Will we?
As Sunday approaches, I highly encourage you to pray over the three questions Pastor Lane presented in his sermon this past Sunday, especially in light of Matthew 5:3 since it is the text we will focus on this week. These questions will help you to stop avoiding the brokenness in your life and start embracing God’s blessing:
(1) Do I seek God’s blessing as my highest aim, deepest desire, and greatest aspiration for all of life?
(2) How do I embrace God’s Kingdom value—this Beatitude [see Matt. 5:3]—as “first” with my life?
(3) Where is the Holy Spirit convicting me to repent and walk in righteousness?
LifePoint, will you come to the altar this Sunday to receive the strength you need? Bring your brokenness, your weakness, your wounds. Jesus is calling.
Set List for Sunday, June 10, 2018:
Hallelujah! What a Savior (Your Love Has Rescued Me) (P. Bliss, M. Carter, A. Ivey, H. Suh)
I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous) by Passion (C. H. Gabriel, C. Tomlin)
More Like Jesus (B. Ligertwood, S. Ligertwood, K. Stanfill, B. Younker)
O Come to The Altar (M. Brock, C. Brown, S. Furtick, W. Joye)
Amazing Grace (J. Newton)