Monday, May 13, 2013

Blessed Are Those Who Are Not Very Good At Being Spiritual

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

The opposite of poor in spirit is rich in spirit. Jesus’ announcement is not for those who are good at being spiritual. If you haven’t mastered being super spiritual, cheer up you are going to like Jesus' kingdom.

Most people are poor at being spiritual, just good at faking it.  People who are good at spirituality pray over the meal, (I am usually called on to do that).  Most people would rather be thrown into a pit of snakes than to pray in public.  Hey, all of you who are not good a public prayer, Jesus has got a kingdom for you. 

The non experts had never been invited in, until Jesus. Outside of Jesus the non experts are still not invited in. But, Jesus invites the ordinary folks into his kingdom. Pros and experts didn’t like Jesus.  The non experts do.

The super spiritual are the one’s in good with God, everybody knows that, until Jesus announces otherwise. Jesus announces that the favor of God is indiscriminate. Jesus announces, "Let’s just open this up to everybody." Is that good news to you?

Jesus isn’t telling you to be poor at being spiritual. He is not telling you do anything. He is just making an announcement about his kingdom.  Jesus' way of doing things is for those who are not rich in spirit.  And I accept that. 

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