Have you ever been heartbroken and relieved at the same time?
Robert and Melinda were sadly at the end of their financial rope. The two of them had thrown all of their desires and effort into their dream restaurant. They had such high hopes. They just knew if they worked hard, scraped by and suffered for a while, all their desires for a successful restaurant would be fulfilled.
The two of them toiled, endured and experienced their own flaws and weaknesses. As they worked and worked they became less enchanted with the business. Finally the day came when they gave up and filed financial bankruptcy.
All the emotional pain of failure was exposed for all to see. It seemed to them, they had made every mistake possible. Their emotions were in a tumble; their finances would be in shambles for years. They were dejected and felt like they were no good for anything or anyone, especially for God.
Weeks after the bankruptcy they began to feel relief from all the debt, yet they still felt like failures. While many of us have not experienced the trauma of financial bankruptcy, each of us can understand the emotional strain that comes with filing for bankruptcy.
In the world that we live, getting financing for anything requires either a large down payment or at minimum, a large amount of collateral. Can you imagine going to your bank and asking for a million dollar loan and after the banker asked you what collateral or substantial down payment you have, you respond with, “Well, I have nothing I can give you.” I can hear the banker saying, “Well we don’t operate that way. You can’t expect something for nothing!”
Jesus tells us something quite profound and quite shocking in Matthew 5:3. Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Jesus is telling everyone listening, “Happy are those who are spiritually bankrupt, and by the way, those spiritually bankrupt, you get the entire kingdom of God.” Wow, unlike the banker who expected me to give him something in return for me to get something from him, Jesus is just the opposite.
Only in God’s economy can we have nothing to give the creator of the universe, yet we have every thing we need to bring heaven to the earth.
Are you all right with having nothing you can give God? The deeper question is, can you handle having nothing to give, but you get everything? Jesus seems to think we do.
This should make “living lighter today”, a reality!