God’s Thoughts to Me
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs are the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3, NIV).
The Wisdom of Poverty
In the jungle of Disneyland lives a wise fellow, Balloo the bear. He has a life philosophy from which we all can learn: the bare necessities of life.
He has a good friend, Bagheera, the panther, who is quite a serious one, forever concerned about performance, responsibilties and accomplishments.
And my thoughts wander back to a certain rich young man who knew nothing of bare necessities. A very rich young man whose wealth didn’t only exist of material, worldly things, but another much more dangerous foe.
He staked his favor in the eyes of our Pappa on his long list of impeccable law observance, or so he thought! Yet, the core of his humanness was still bankrupt.
So he approached the Light of the World … Love personified … the only Way and Truth and eternal Life, our Lord Jesus, enquiring what he still needed to do to inherit eternal life. As if the life of our Lord was sort of a bartering commodity, a payment for services rendered.
And I wondered how often do we have a list of accomplishments we offer to our Lord and Heavenly Father, only to hear His friendly voice asking us to go and sell all we consider important and to come with only the bare necessities for following our Lord Jesus: the blessedness of a poor spirit, a humble and contrite heart, fully aware of our need for redemption and His life.
May we go and sell all we own to come to our Lord with empty hands and empty hearts … humble and meek … the bare necessities to receive Him who is our Life.
Much love xx