Sermon on the Mount

Episode 2

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

How do I become a Spiritual pauper?  It is actually a trick question.  I already am one.  I actually just become one by admitting that I don’t really know or understand God.  This was Job’s problem.  When God responds to the accusers and to Job, God basically said, “You really don’t know me.” 

Yet He longs to be known.  The Bible is full of the cry of God for us to connect with Him.  “Please repent of your sins! Draw near to me.  Come join me on my mission.”  Many in the church today are so full of themselves because they have been coming to church for 20,30 or more years.  They have heard 1000s of sermons, maybe they read their Bibles and say their prayers.  Hopefully they are not just bench warmers and serve the church.  That is all good.  Keep doing those things.

But to live out the life of a Spiritual pauper we must recognize that our ways are not His ways.  Our God is so vast that we will never really be able to comprehend His love for us.  Often I catch a glimpse but never really grasp the wholeness of God.  Honestly, though that is the passion of the relationship with Him.

Many dating relationships never survive the point where they seem to know all there is to know about a person. (They can’t actually know everything but it can seem that way.)  Boredom sets in and the relationship dies a typically slow and painful death.

With God though it is like the honeymoon all of the time.  If you are a Spiritual pauper at least.  The more you know Him the more you want to know Him. If you acknowledge that you are a spiritual pauper you will look for him not just in church, but everywhere.

Do you realize that Jesus goes to movie theaters with you?  You might want to think about that when you choose your next flick.  My guess is that He enjoys many of them.  Others maybe He doesn’t like so much.   Next time ask Him?

What does the Gospel look like at work?  It looks like planting the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23).  It looks like living in wisdom.  Wouldn’t you like to work in wisdom? 

As a spiritual pauper I recognize that I need Him to help solve problems with my family, my other relationships and more.  He points out the hurt of others and calls me to interact.  Other times He simply protects me.

I really love it when as a spiritual pauper that Jesus shuts my mouth.  He also has the power to keep my fingers from typing mean emails and keeping me from hitting send. 

He does more but if we think we know it all and we interpret Scriptures only in ways that benefit our selves or that protect the status quo, it may be that He directs us and we don’t hear.

Being a spiritual pauper forces me to listen to the opinions of others.  I simply do not grasp the depth of who God is.  As wild as it is, it might be that we are all correct in these doctrinal disputes.  The challenge is that our “god” is not big enough to be downright contradictory sometimes.

Now don’t hear me say that doctrine does not matter.  I believe in sound doctrine.  I believe the church must call sin, sin.  I believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven.  But remember in the book of Joshua when the angel is talking with Joshua about the plan for Jericho?  Joshua asks him, “Are you for us or against us.”  The angel’s answer is basically neither side.  We fight over minutia.  We divide the body of Christ to fulfill our own fleshly desires.  But what matters is that we learn to depend on God because we are Spiritual paupers.